Kenneth M. Donohue, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general, is leaving the agency in October after more than eight years in office.

Nominated and confirmed in March 2002, he has accepted a post at Resnick Group, a national accounting, tax and business advisory firm in Bethesda, Md.

Donahue was one of three officials, along with the attorney general and director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to lead "Operation Stolen Dreams," a task force to investigate and prosecute mortgage fraud. Their joint effort resulted in more than 1,500 arrests and more than $198 million in recoveries.

Before his time at HUD, Donahue had a 21-year career in the U.S. Secret Service as a special agent.

In 1990, he was named assistant director of investigations for the Resolution Trust Corp. In 1997 he became a consultant in the private sector until he joined HUD.

The agency said he guided the inspector general's office through "the most tumultuous years" of its history. Its New York field office was destroyed on 9/11.

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