2015 Press Releases

New Inspector General Appointed to the National Archives
Press Release · Monday, March 23, 2015

Washington, DC

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has announced his appointment of James E. Springs as Inspector General of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), effective on March 23, 2015.

In this role, Mr. Springs will provide overall leadership, direction, program planning, and coordination of the activities and personnel of the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG is responsible for, among other things, assessing the effectiveness, efficiency, and economy of NARA programs and operations; and for investigating and recommending actions to correct fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement. The OIG prepares semiannual reports of its activities, which are provided to the Archivist and to Congress.

“The Office of the Inspector General is an important partner in NARA's work. The staff has helped us strengthen our internal programs and hold accountable those who threaten the records we hold in trust. James brings valuable experience and focus to this leadership role,” said Mr. Ferriero.

Mr. Springs has been with NARA since November 1997 and has been serving as the Acting Inspector General since September 2012. He first joined NARA as a Senior Auditor within the OIG’s Office of Audits. He was promoted to the NARA Assistant Inspector General for Audits position in January 1999.

Mr. Springs has 27 years government experience, all in the Inspector General community. He began his career in government service in 1988 as an entry-level auditor after working 10 years in the banking industry. He worked at the Government Printing Office and Small Business Administration before joining NARA.

Mr. Springs graduated magna cum laude from the St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, NC where he received his BS degree in Accounting.

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