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A CUA Law Securities Law Program Alumnus
Named Chief Watchdog at the Department of Veterans Affairs

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Michael MisslLong time Alumnus of the Securities Law Program at the Law School – Michael Missal ('82), a Practice Leader at K&L Gates LLP, was nominated by President Obama to serve as the chief watchdog at the Department of Veteran Affairs. A White House official noted that "[t]he president selected Missal because he has a distinguished legal background and a proven record of expertly leading prominent, sensitive and extensive investigations." The Inspector General position at Veterans Affairs has sat empty for nearly two years, as VA whistle blowers have repeatedly blasted temporary inspectors who have filled in since then.

Professor David Lipton, Director of the Securities Law Program, who has worked with Missal over the years, said that this appointment comes at a propitious time for the Program. This Spring, the Securities Law Program will be introducing a new class which will instruct students on how to create an internal financial compliance system within public companies. Lipton said that "the new class, called Securities: Compliance, will be teaching the very skills that have made Missal successful in his work."
 
USA Today published an article by Donovan Slack called Obama taps D.C. lawyer Michael Missal as new Veterans Affairs' watchdog, which went into further detail about the announcement and Missal's background. Click here to view the article. And to learn more about news from the Securities Law Program, click here.
 
4/20/16 UPDATE:  On Tuesday, April 19, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Michael Missal to be the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

From: ABC News
By: Associated Press
Date April 20, 2016

The Senate has approved Washington lawyer Michael Missal as the new chief watchdog at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.

President Barack Obama nominated Missal to be the VA's inspector general in October. Lawmakers from both parties have long sought a permanent inspector general for the VA as the agency struggles to meet veterans' health care needs and provide timely decisions on benefits.

The chairman of the Senate veterans panel, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, said he looked forward to working with Missal to "root out the problems and hold bad actors at the VA accountable" for chronic health care delays and other problems.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the panel's top Democrat, called Missal "a key leader in our ongoing accountability efforts."

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