WASHINGTON - The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation announced the appointment of Robert Westbrooks as the agency's Inspector General. He comes to PBGC from the U.S. Small Business Administration where he served as deputy inspector general since 2013.
"PBGC's Office of Inspector General is a crucial and valued part of our leadership," said PBGC Acting Director Alice Maroni. "As public servants, we work together cooperatively to achieve PBGC's mission. Bob brings a strong background that will help us become more effective and efficient."
In his new role, Westbrooks will oversee independent audits and investigations, provide guidance to improve the agency's business practices, and execute procedures to prevent and detect fraud. Westbrooks will also brief PBGC's Board of Directors and Congress about deficiencies in the agency's programs and operations.
Westbrooks brings more than 20 years of federal law enforcement experience to PBGC. During his SBA career as deputy inspector general, Westbrooks managed a range of functions. His duties included audits and criminal investigations involving government contracting, business development programs, SBA direct disaster loan assistance, as well as IT and financial management.
He also served as special agent in charge at the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining USPS OIG, Westbrooks spent 12 years in the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, where he served as computer crimes program manager, basic training instructor, inspector-attorney, and detailed professional staff member to U.S. Senate subcommittees.
Westbrooks is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in justice from American University. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law, and is a member of the Maryland Bar.
PBGC protects the pension benefits of more than 41 million Americans in private‐sector pension plans. The agency is responsible for more than 1.5 million people in failed pension plans. PBGC receives no taxpayer dollars and never has. Its operations are financed by insurance premiums, investment income, and with assets and recoveries from failed plans. For more information, visit PBGC.gov.