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Peggy E. (Peg) Gustafson was sworn in as the Inspector General of the U.S. Small Business Administration on October 2, 2009. Ms. Gustafson previously served as General Counsel to Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), where she advised the Senator on government oversight issues and helped write two bills that have significantly strengthened the federal offices of Inspectors General: the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 and the legislation that strengthened the office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
From 1999-2007, Ms. Gustafson served as General Counsel in the Missouri State Auditor’s Office. In that capacity she worked closely with the auditors on issues of the scope of their duties, the auditors’ need to access records, and all other legal issues arising in the course of the audits. Ms. Gustafson also served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Jackson County, Missouri, serving as Chair of the Insurance Fraud Task Force, and as an assistant county counselor for Jackson County.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, she received her B.A. from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa in 1989, and her Juris Doctor from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1992.