Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice

Michael Horowitz

Inspector General, Department of Justice

Michael Even Horowitz was born in September 1962 in New York City, New York. He earned an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He clerked at the Central California U.S. District Court before entering private practice. 

He spent eight years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, then went to Washington, DC., where he worked at the Department of Justice, holding several posts, including as chief of staff. He returned to private practice. 

He was nominated by President Barack Obama to be Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice, assuming office in April 2012. He also served in the administrations of both Presidents Trump and Biden as chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. 

Horowitz is married to Alexandra Leigh Kaufmann. 

In the News…

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz sent a memo voicing concerns over retaliation against federal whistleblowers.

He stated, “The purpose of this memorandum is to advise you of concerns that the Department of Justice (Department or DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has identified regarding the Department’s compliance with 50 U.S.C. § 3341 and the Director of National Intelligence’s (DNI) Security Executive Agent Directive 9 (SEAD 9), which provide protections for federal employees who allege their security clearance has been suspended, revoked, or denied in retaliation for making a protected disclosure.“

“This concern came to our attention in connection with the OIG’s assessment of complaints the OIG received from employees of a DOJ component, alleging that their security clearances were suspended in retaliation for protected whistleblowing activity,” Mr. Horowitz’ memo continued. He stated that the lack of appeal process “is especially problematic at DOJ components that regularly suspend employees without pay for the duration of the security review process, which can sometimes last years,”

The FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were included in the investigation.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Inspector General Horowitz today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Michael Horowitz 
Inspector General 
Department of Justice 
950 Pennsylvania Ave NW 
Washington, DC 20530 


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