White House names Tighe as new stimulus watchdog

Tighe has a 20-year career in the federal government — she serves on the Government Accountability and Transparency Board and was deputy inspector general at Agriculture before moving to her position at Education. 

From 1995 to 2005, she was counsel to the inspector general of the General Services Administration. She was a trial attorney with the Fraud Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Justice Department from 1988 until 1991. 

Devaney announced earlier this month that he was retiring at the end of the year from the Recovery Board, also known as the RAT Board, a label he has said he didn't like, after nearly three years. 

He also is leaving two other posts — inspector general at the Interior Department and chairman of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board.

The board operates Recovery.gov and FederalReporting.gov, a site that provides all information on the stimulus and gives the public a place to express concerns about fraud. 

The RATB held its first meeting on March 27, 2009.

Most of the stimulus dollars have now been disbursed and, under the Recovery Act, the Board will terminate operations on Sept. 30, 2013.