Glenn A. Fine
Glenn A. Fine
|Acting Inspector General of the United States Department of Defense|
|Assumed office |
January 14, 2016
|United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General|
December 2000 – January 2011
|Preceded by||Michael R. Bromwich|
|Succeeded by||Michael E. Horowitz|
Glenn Alan Fine is the Acting Inspector General of the Department of Defense. He has served in that position since January 2016. He joined the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General in June 2015.
Fine previously served as the Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) from 2000 until January 2011. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 15, 2000. Prior to his appointment as the DOJ Inspector General, Fine served as Special Counsel to the DOJ Inspector General from January 1995 until 1996, when he was made Director of the OIG's Special Investigations and Review Unit.
Immediately prior to joining the OIG office at the Department of Justice, Fine had been in a private law practice in Washington, D.C. Before entering private practice, Fine served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Washington, D.C. United States Attorney's Office from 1986 to 1989. In those three years, he prosecuted more than 35 criminal jury trials and handled numerous grand jury investigations.
In September 1993, Fine married Beth Heifetz, a former law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. The wedding was jointly officiated at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC by Justice Blackmun and Rabbi Howard Gorin. They have two children.
Fine attended Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. In 1979, he graduated with an A.B. degree in economics from Harvard College, magna cum laude. He was co-captain of the Harvard varsity basketball team.
Though only 5'9", he was a 10th-round draft pick by the San Antonio Spurs, an NBA basketball team, in 1979. Instead, he accepted a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. Fine earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at Oxford. He received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1985.
Retirement as DOJ IG
Fine resigned as the DOJ Inspector General in February 2011. He joined Dechert as a partner in the White Collar & Securities Litigation Practice on September 6, 2011. Shortly after he announced his retirement, the New York Times praised Fine's tenure as the DOJ Inspector General:
The Department of Justice's inspector general, Glenn Fine, stepped down on Friday after a decade of pushing to clean up and depoliticize a hyperpoliticized department. He will be missed. Mr. Fine's best-known efforts came in 2008 when he documented the George W. Bush administration's politically driven firings of four United States attorneys and its politically driven hirings (breaking the civil service law) of scores of civil servants at the Civil Rights Division. Last year, he continued to detail the F.B.I.'s widespread misuse since 2001 of 'exigent letters'... President Obama should appoint a vigilant successor to Mr. Fine, one who will continue to expose the department's shortcomings and their costs.
However, one truth teller, who was backed in his case by the FBI and who later went on to become the first national security whistleblower to receive the "Public Servant Award" of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for his disclosures while Fine served as Director of the OIG's Special Investigations and Review Unit, told Congress:
The IG's office could have protected me. It did not. In the summer of 1997, two of its investigators used the same phrase at different times: 'Do what you need to do to save yourself.' When the IG later found I had gone to Congress and the press to do just that, they started warning colleagues who had remained friends to stay away from me. (A senior ICITAP manager who had remained my friend, a person of normally unflappable and sunny disposition, said the pressure brought to bear was so blatant that he ended up telling the investigators to go [expletive deleted] themselves. According to this friend, one senior investigator even suggested I had engaged in whistleblowing for the money. There was no potential money to be made. Federal Whistleblowers are limited to actual, not punitive, damages.)"
Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry J. Hyde noted in his opening statement:
The 415-page report is troubling. Senior managers at the Department of Justice, the folks who wear the white hats, engaged in potentially criminal misconduct and serious mismanagement, and other senior managers paid no attention to the problems. According to this report, security violations, visa fraud, financial mismanagement, abuse of the travel rules and regulations for self-aggrandizement, preselection and favoritism for some employees, were the norm in the Criminal Division's international criminal investigative training assistance program and Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training.
The OIG report does a fine job laying out the facts. However, it does not answer the basic questions that will help fix the long-standing problems at ICITAP. ... The report lays out the facts, but does not answer those essential questions and others that we will seek answers to today.
I want to say a word about the whistleblowers who had the courage to come forward and tell the Inspector General what they knew. But for their courage, the Inspector General would not have uncovered the problems that we will review today. I believe they deserve our thanks. I can tell you that they felt intimidated and scared over the last several years. A couple of the whistleblowers have cases pending before the Office of Special Counsel. I trust the Department will do the right thing with regard to the whistleblowers whose allegations have been largely substantiated by the Office of Inspector General.
In his own prepared statement before the Committee, Fine fulsomely claimed credit for the Inspector General's uncovering gross wrongdoing while offering the barest mention of key whistleblower contributions, which included—according to the IG's own words (spoken as he refused to recognize those he knew gave his staff the inside information)--"security problems we found were pervasive, recurrent and persistent" and even chillingly extended into Department of Justice programs in proto-Putin Russia.
Return to public service
In June 2015, Fine returned to Public Service and accepted a position as the Principal Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DOD OIG). On January 10, 2016, Fine became the Acting Inspector General for the DOD.
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