CPB Names Mitchelson’s Successor As Inspector General

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The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has revealed who will succeed Mary Mitchelson as its next Inspector General.


Mitchelson retired in April, and as of Oct. 7 the Deputy Inspector General for Investigations at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority since March 2018 will join CPB.

Taking the role is Kimberly Howell. As Inspector General, Howell will be responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness, as well as preventing fraud, waste, and mismanagement in CPB programs and operations, through an independent audit and investigative program that covers CPB’s internal operations and external grantees.

“I am pleased to have Kimberly take on this important position to ensure that CPB is accountable to the taxpayers that we serve by working to prevent fraud, waste and abuse,” said CPB Board Chair Bruce Ramer. “She is an experienced federal executive with extensive leadership experience in investigations, program oversight, compliance and quality assurance.”

Howell replied that she is honored by the appointment and looks forward to enhancing the corporation’s “vital role in effectively and efficiently advancing public media in the United States.”

Kimberly Howell

In addition to her role at WMATA, which oversees Metro and Metrobus services across the region, Howell serves as a commissioner on the Commission on Judicial Disabilities for the State of Maryland. Prior to that, she directed the office of investigations for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and served as special agent and Deputy Assistant Inspector General for the Office of Personnel Management. She began her Federal law enforcement career as a special agent with the United States Secret Service in 1993.

Howell is a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds a graduate certificate in Inspector General Leadership from American University.

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