For Immediate Release
October 14, 2021
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced Thursday that it has named Brianna Schletz as its next Inspector General. Brianna replaces former Inspector General Patricia Layfield, who retired from the post in March 2021, and will officially start at the EAC’s Office of Inspector General in November.
Brianna joins the EAC after eight years at the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where she most recently served as a director and established a new strategic division within the Immediate Office. During her time at USAID, Brianna led a team of program analysts responsible for congressionally mandated quarterly reporting and oversight planning on overseas contingency operations as well as conducting audits, evaluations and reporting on significant issues affecting agency operations. Prior to her time at USAID, Brianna was a performance auditor at the Department of Health and Human Services OIG.
“We are thrilled to have Brianna leading the EAC’s Office of Inspector General,” EAC Commissioners Donald Palmer, Thomas Hicks, Christy McCormick, and Benjamin Hovland said in a statement. “Brianna brings 15 years of oversight experience in various audits and investigations to the job and an impeccable track record of making impactful changes at the agencies she has overseen.”
The Office of Inspector General is an independent division of the EAC that was created in 2005 and operates under the authorities vested in it by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and the Inspector General Act of 1978. The OIG conducts audits, reviews, evaluations, and assessments of EAC programs and operations; detects and prevents fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in EAC programs or by EAC grant recipients and issues Semi-Annual Reports to Congress among other responsibilities.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring secure, accurate, and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. The EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems and administers the use of HAVA funds. For more information, visit www.eac.gov.
Contact: Tate Fall