Meet the Board – Gregory H. Friedman
Gregory H. Friedman, a member of the Recovery Board since its inception in 2009, has been Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Energy since his U.S. Senate confirmation in 1998. As IG, he is responsible for a nationwide, independent program of audits, inspections, and law enforcement efforts related to the department’s programs and operations, including its over $130 billion in assets and 107,000 federal and contractor personnel.
Mr. Friedman received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Temple University and a master’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 1979-1980, Mr. Friedman was selected as a Princeton Fellow in Public Affairs and spent a year in residence at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Studies.
In 2002, Mr. Friedman was named by the Comptroller General of the United States to serve as a member of the Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Friedman served as Vice Chair of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, then the parent organization of the 11,000 member federal Inspector General community. In addition, he led the development of the Federal Audit Manual, for the first time providing universal guidelines for conducting federal financial audits.
During his federal career, which began in 1968, Mr. Friedman has received numerous awards, including the Department of Energy’s Meritorious Service Award, the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, and the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive.