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Laura S. Wertheimer was confirmed as Inspector General for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) by the U.S. Senate on September 17, 2014, and was sworn in as FHFA’s second Inspector General shortly thereafter.
As Inspector General, Ms. Wertheimer is the senior official responsible for independent audits, evaluations, investigations, and other law enforcement efforts to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct within or affecting the programs and operations of FHFA. Oversight by FHFA’s Office of Inspector General includes FHFA’s regulation of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Ms. Wertheimer heads an independent organization of more than 140 professionals who are dedicated to promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in all FHFA programs.
Prior to her appointment as Inspector General, Ms. Wertheimer was a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where she led numerous independent internal investigations on behalf of audit, governance, and special board committees of publicly traded companies and represented public companies, professional service partnerships, and corporate directors and officers in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings under the federal securities laws.
Ms. Wertheimer began her legal career as a law clerk for Chief Judge Spottswood Robinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ms. Wertheimer earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a member of the Columbia Law Review, and her B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College.