By Gautham Nagesh - 01/10/11 06:11 PM EST
David Hunt was officially named Federal Communications Commission inspector general Monday after holding the position on an interim basis since June 2009.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Hunt's appointment Monday and praised him for detecting and preventing waste, fraud and abuse.
“During the time he served as Acting IG, David and his team have been instrumental in working with us to uncover millions of dollars of fraud in federally funded programs, and helping to obtain numerous indictments and criminal convictions nationwide,” Genachowski said.
Hunt joined the FCC IG's office in 2006 as assistant inspector general for investigations, where he received the FCC's Gold Award. He joined the FCC in 1996 and served as senior attorney in enforcement bureau from 1999-2006.
He received a B.A. from George Washington University and a J.D. from Georgetown University. Before entering law school, Hunt ran his own computer firm building software and hardware systems for the healthcare industry.