Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Thursday, nominated Sarah E. Fertig to serve as inspector general for the Kansas Medicaid program. The attorney general’s office conducted a national search for the position, and Fertig was the candidate recommended by a review committee that considered applications. By law, Fertig may not begin serving as Medicaid inspector general unless and until confirmed by the Kansas Senate. Schmidt has now formally transmitted Fertig’s nomination to the Senate for consideration. Schmidt said he has confidence Fertig will lead the Office of Inspector General professionally and independently. For the past six years, Fertig has served as an assistant attorney general in the Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division at Schmidt’s office. Her previous professional experience includes serving as inspector general for the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority. Fertig earned both her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Inspector General, which is one of the statutory requirements for the inspector general. If confirmed by the Senate, Fertig will begin the task of rebuilding the Office of Inspector General, which currently has no employees and no office.
Source: VNC News
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