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Picture of Howard J. KrongardBIOGRAPHY

Howard J. Krongard
Inspector General, 
Term of Appointment: 05/02/2005 to 01/15/2008

On May 2, 2005, Howard J. Krongard was sworn in as the Inspector General of the Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors. As an independent reviewer and evaluator of their operations and activities, he oversees audits, inspections, and investigations domestically and abroad, including 260 diplomatic missions in 163 countries and international broadcasting operations in 60 languages that reach an audience of more than 100 million people around the world.

From 1996 to 2005, Mr. Krongard was Of Counsel to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a 260-year-old international law firm with 2,500 lawyers in 29 offices worldwide. He was a Director of The National Legal Center for the Public Interest, Washington, DC; a Public Director of the Pacific Exchange (which also acts as Self Regulatory Organization for the Pacific Exchange and the Archipelago Exchange) and Member of its Audit Committee and Regulatory Oversight Committee; a Director of PCX Holdings (demutualized parent company of Pacific Exchange); Director, PCX Equities, Inc. and Member of its Business Conduct Committee; a Member, Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Non-Lethal Weapons; and the U.S. Representative to the International Lacrosse Federation.

In 1996, Mr. Krongard retired as General Counsel and a Member of Deloitte & Touche, having also been General Counsel of Deloitte Haskins & Sells prior to its combination with Touche Ross & Co. in 1989. He was responsible for all legal matters affecting a multi-billion-dollar international professional partnership. Previously, he was Associate General Counsel and a Member of Peat Marwick Mitchell, and Associate with Cravath Swaine & Moore in its New York and Paris offices, where he specialized in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, SEC matters, and European financings. He was the first Legal Assistant to Judge Kenneth B. Keating, who was elected to New York’s highest court following his tenure as U.S. Senator from New York.

Mr. Krongard graduated in 1961 from Princeton University, where he majored in History, was First Team All-American lacrosse goalie, and subsequently served as Class President. He graduated with honors from the Harvard Law School, where he won the Ames Briefwriting Prize, was a member of the Board of Student Advisors, and was awarded the Frank Knox Memorial Travelling Fellowship from Harvard University. As a Knox Fellow, he attended Trinity Hall College at Cambridge University in England, where he won "Blues" in lacrosse and basketball. He has been a longtime Club Lacrosse player, was twice named the Outstanding Club Player in the U.S., and has been inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the New York Sports Hall of Fame, and the Greater Baltimore and the Long Island Lacrosse Halls of Fame. He was raised in Baltimore and lived for over 30 years in Upper Montclair, NJ.



Released on July 7, 2005

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