Following nomination by President George Bush and confirmation by the
U.S. Senate, Robert W. Cobb took office as NASA’s Inspector General on
April 22, 2002. In a formal ceremony in the NASA Administrator’s
office, Mr. Cobb was sworn in by the White House Counsel, Judge Alberto

Mr. Cobb was previously Associate Counsel to the President. In this
role, he handled the administration of the White House ethics program
under the supervision of the Counsel to the President and was
responsible for administration of the conflict of interest and
financial disclosure clearance processes for candidates for nomination
to Senate-confirmed positions.

Prior to joining the Office of the Counsel to the President in January
2001, Mr. Cobb worked for almost nine years at the United States Office
of Government Ethics. Prior to Government service, he worked for five
years as an associate attorney at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver. Mr.
Cobb is a 1986 graduate, cum laude, from George Washington University’s
National Law Center, and a 1982 graduate, cum laude, from Vanderbilt

Since 1978, the NASA Office of Inspector General has worked to prevent
and detect crime, fraud, waste, and abuse, and has assisted NASA
management in pxYyÇting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in
Agency programs and operations. The Inspector General manages a staff
of over 200 auditors, investigators, and analysts located at NASA
Headquarters and all NASA Centers.