The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that Noelle Maloney will serve as interim Inspector General for the agency following the departure of Inspector General H. David Kotz to join a private investigative services firm. Mr. Kotz’s last day at the Commission was Friday, Jan. 27.
Ms. Maloney will head the SEC’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) while the Commission searches for a permanent head. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act requires the Inspector General to report to all SEC Commissioners, so SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro has directed the staff to work with the Commissioners to create a consensus process that will involve all the Commissioners in the hiring.
Ms. Maloney has been Deputy Inspector General at the agency since July 2008. In that role, she oversees the OIG’s Office of Investigations and the OIG’s Office of Audits, which conducts independent audits and evaluations of SEC programs and operations. Ms. Maloney also is responsible for supervising the OIG’s administrative, financial, and personnel matters, information systems management, strategic planning, and policy development.
Ms. Maloney joined the SEC in January 2005 as a Senior Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the SEC. In that capacity, Ms. Maloney served as an agency subject matter expert on issues of privacy and information sharing.
Before coming to the SEC, Ms. Maloney was the Director of Policy and Public Information for the Peace Corps, where she supervised the audit and evaluation of agency policy, operating plans, and programs, and the drafting of new policy. She also served as the agency’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Officer. Ms. Maloney began her federal career at the National Institutes of Health, where she worked in offices of administration and management as well as legislative and intergovernmental affairs.
Ms. Maloney received her bachelor’s degree in English from the College of New Jersey, and her law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Camden, where she graduated with awards for her pro bono work and brief writing. Before moving to Washington, D.C., to begin her federal career, Ms. Maloney clerked for the Honorable Donald A. Smith, Jr., Presiding Civil Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, and was an associate at the law firm of Sterns & Weinroth, PC.