Gaston L. Gianni Jr., nominated to be inspector general of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., testifies before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday.

For the past six years, Mr. Gianni has been an associate director of the General Accounting Office, heading oversight of the Resolution Trust Corp.

The inspector general is charged with preventing and detecting fraud against the FDIC. Mr. Gianni, if confirmed, would fill a position technically open since December 1993, when the position became subject to presidential appointment.

Since then James A. Renick, who had held the title, has continued to run the office. He will become senior deputy inspector general if Mr. Gianni is confirmed by the full Senate.

Mr. Gianni, 53, has spent 31 years at the GAO, Congress' investigative arm. He is married and has three children.

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