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Erich Hart
General Counsel to the Inspector General
Term of Appointment: 04/14/2008 to present

Erich Hart joined the Office of Inspector General in May, 2005, and served as Deputy and Acting General Counsel until April 2008 when he was promoted to General Counsel. Mr. Hart advises the Inspector General and other senior OIG leaders on legal and policy issues related to worldwide investigations, audits, and inspections of the Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors.


Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Hart served in the Department of Interior's OIG for several years where he specialized in natural resource, environmental, criminal, and Native American law.

Before becoming a Civil Service employee, Mr. Hart served 20 years in the Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG). During his final tour in Washington, D.C., he held various leadership positions in the Air Force's Environmental Law & Litigation and Military Justice divisions from 1997-2001. He had a variety of other assignments during his Air Force career, including Regional Environmental Counsel for 21 Eastern states, U.S. Sending State Officer-Embassy Rome, Staff Judge Advocate (City Attorney) at Tonopah Test Range, Nevada, and Legislative Attorney. Mr. Hart acted as hearing officer, prosecutor or defense counsel in over 100 criminal, civil, and administrative cases and negotiated a number of environmental and international military agreements. He was an adjunct professor at the Air Force's JAG school teaching subjects that ranged from advanced criminal and environmental law to negotiation strategies and alternate dispute resolution.

Mr. Hart first attended University of Maryland, Munich Campus, for two years and then received a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona. He later earned a master's in Environmental Law (LL.M.) from The George Washington University and is a graduate of the Air Force's Air War College and Air Command and Staff College.

Mr. Hart and his wife live in Virginia and have two sons.