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Audit, Investigations, and Evaluations Roundtable
Registration is open for the joint Audit, Investigations, and Evaluations meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the PTO auditorium in Alexandria, VA. We are excited about the program we have put together – please see the attached draft agenda. The meeting will be an opportunity for IGs, DIGs, and principals for audit, investigations, and evaluations to see case studies where our several disciplines have worked together for strong oversight.
Time: 8:30am - 4:20pm
- CIGIE Leadership Update
- CIGIE Integrity Committee Update
- Case Study: Coordinated Oversight of Residential Care Facilities – HUD OIG
- Case Study: Combating Organized Crime Targeting Global Supply Chain – USAID OIG
- CIGIE Chairs: Community Issues
- Case Study: Increased Impact Through Coordination between OAS & Counsel’s Office – HHS OIG
- A Case Study: Inter-office Collaboration on Armored Vehicle Program Management – State OIG
- Not Just Another Data Analytics Presentation! – DoJ OIG
Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about various requirements, best practices, and approaches specific to performing inspections, evaluations, audits, and assessments in over programmatic, information technology, and financial operations.
Program Description: This counterpart meeting provides a unique opportunity for members of the audit and investigation sectors of Inspector General Community to discuss various topics of mutual interest and cooperative approaches to performing oversight functions. Senior members of the IG community as well as seasoned experts will share their experiences, expertise, and insight into conducting successful audits an investigations in the Federal Government.
Program Level: Beginner
Advanced Preparation Requirements: None
- Registration closes on March 2, 2018
- Capacity limited to first 260 registrants.
- Check in at registration desk begins at 8:00 a.m. on March 6, 2018.
- Participants seeking CPE certificates will need to sign in upon arriving at meeting.
Registration is closed, the maximum capacity (270) was reached.
Do you need to cancel your event registration? Please email Jaclyn.Storch@nrc.gov.
Event Speaker Presentions & Bios
Opening/Closing Remarks and Moderator
Dr. Brett Baker
ASSISTANT INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AUDIT, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
Dr. Brett Baker is the Assistant Inspector General for Audit (AIGA) at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Inspector General (NRC OIG). Previously he served as the Deputy Inspector General for Audit for the Department of Defense OIG. He also worked as the AIGA at the National Science Foundation OIG, AIGA at the U.S. Department of Commerce OIG, and the Director for Internal Review at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
Dr. Baker earned a doctorate in Information Technology and Systems Management from the University of Maryland. He holds a master's degree in Information Resource Management from the Central Michigan University, a bachelors' degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa, and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Iowa State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Dr. Baker serves as the Chair of the Federal Audit Executive Council and is a member of the Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB). In addition, he serves on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Yellow Book Advisory Council and the Green Book Advisory Council. He has published articles on auditing and data analytics, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences.
Dr. Baker is a recipient of the 2015 Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award for Distinguished Leadership in Financial Management Improvement. He has also received four Awards for Excellence from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.
CIGIE Leadership Update
Michael E. Horowitz
INSPECTOR GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Michael E. Horowitz was sworn in as the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 16, 2012, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Mr. Horowitz was previously confirmed by the Senate in 2003 to serve a six-year term as a Commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission. As Inspector General, Mr. Horowitz oversees a nationwide workforce of more than 450 special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff whose mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in Department operations. Since 2015, he has simultaneously served as the Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), an organization comprised of all 73 federal Inspectors General.
Mr. Horowitz worked from 2002 to 2012 as a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP, where he focused his practice on white collar defense, internal investigations, and regulatory compliance. He also was a board member of the Ethics Resource Center and the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Prior to working in private practice, Mr. Horowitz worked in DOJ from 1991 to 2002. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1991 to 1999, where he was the Chief of the Public Corruption Unit and a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. In 1995, he was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his work on a complex police corruption investigation. Thereafter, he worked in the DOJ Criminal Division in Washington from 1999 to 2002, first as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General and then as Chief of Staff. Mr. Horowitz began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge John G. Davies of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton.
Mr. Horowitz earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Brandeis University.
Allison C. Lerner
INSPECTOR GENERAL, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Allison C. Lerner assumed the duties as Inspector General of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in April 2009, reporting to the National Science Board and the Congress. As head of the Office of Inspector General she recommends policies for promoting economy, efficiency and effectiveness of NSF programs and operations. She leads efforts to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse; improve the integrity of NSF programs and operations; and investigate allegations of misconduct in science.
Ms. Lerner was appointed in November 2005 as Counsel to the Inspector General at the Department of Commerce, a position through which she acted as the IG's principal legal advisor and managed the office's staff attorneys and provision of legal services.
Ms. Lerner began her federal career in 1991, joining the Office of Inspector General at Commerce as assistant counsel, and has been a member of the senior executive service since 2005. During her tenure at Commerce she served as special assistant to the IG, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Auditing, and Acting Assistant Inspector General for Auditing. Prior to joining the federal government, she was an associate at a law firm in San Antonio, Texas.
In June of 2011, Ms. Lerner was designated by President Obama as a member of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and co-chairs the Council's Working Groups on Suspension and Debarment and Research Misconduct.
Ms. Lerner has been honored by the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE) with three awards for excellence: in 2001, for her work reviewing the Department of Commerce's management of 5,000 intra-agency and special agreements worth over $1 billion; in 2002, for her assistance in a complex investigation of false claims submitted under a financial award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and in 2005, for her review of a controversial study that recommended significant structural changes to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Finance and Administrative Services.
Ms. Lerner received her law degree from the University Of Texas School Of Law and a B.A. in liberal arts from the University of Texas. She is admitted to the bar in both Texas and the District of Columbia.
CIGIE Integrity Committee Update
Scott S. Dahl
INSPECTOR GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Scott Dahl was appointed by the President and confirmed as the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by the Senate in October 2013. As IG, Mr. Dahl is responsible for overseeing a nationwide program of audits and investigations involving DOL programs and operations. He also directs investigations of organized crime influence and labor racketeering corruption in employee benefit plans, unions, and labor-management relations, as well as human trafficking related to DOL programs.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Dahl served as the Inspector General at the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, he has served in other senior positions in the Inspector General community—first as Senior Counsel to the Inspector General at the Department of Justice, then as Deputy Inspector General for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and as the Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Commerce. Before joining the IG community, Mr. Dahl served in the Department of Justice as a corruption prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division and as a trial attorney in the Civil Fraud Section of the Civil Division. For more than 20 years, he was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching courses on ethics and public corruption.
INSPECTOR GENERAL, CNSC
CIGIE Integrity Committee Update
Deborah Jeffrey has served as the Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service since July 2012, following confirmation by the U.S. Senate. She plays an active role in the Inspector General community as Vice Chair of its Integrity Committee and a member of the Legislation Committee. Deb spent most of her career in private practice as a partner in the law firm of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where she represented organizations and individuals in high-stakes commercial and criminal litigation; defended senior government officials in high-profile criminal, Inspector General and congressional investigations; and represented lawyers and law firms on matters of professional ethics, risk management and professional liability.
Appointed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals as Vice Chair of the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility, Ms. Jeffrey oversaw the attorney disciplinary system and enforced the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct. She is the author of more than 30 appellate opinions in disciplinary prosecutions.
Ms. Jeffrey began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Harrison L. Winter, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was Editor in Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
Coordinated Oversight of Residential Care Facilities
Paul H. Bergstrand
DIRECTOR, PROGRAM EVALUATIONS DIVISION, OFFICE OF EVALUATION
Paul Bergstrand is the Director of the Program Evaluations Division. He has 13 years of experience in government oversight. He started his career at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, where he reviewed executive branch ethics programs, trained ethics officials, and briefed international delegations on United States anti-corruption efforts. Ethics programs he evaluated include those at the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
In 2010, Paul joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, where he led teams of auditors, evaluators, and investigators during several high profile evaluations. These include evaluations of security breaches at the McNamara Federal Building and the White House, and the U.S. Secret Service’s response to employee misconduct.
Paul joined HUD OIG in 2015 and was promoted to Director in 2017. Since joining HUD OIG, Paul’s evaluations have covered topics such as public housing flood insurance, records management, disaster grant administration, hospital mortgage insurance, and inspections of residential care facilities. Paul graduated cum laude from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Ann Marie Henry
REGIONAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AUDIT, REGION 1, OFFICE OF AUDIT
Ann Marie Henry is the Regional Inspector General for Audit (RIGA) for HUD’s Region 1, which covers the New England states. She began her auditing career in the General Accounting Office (GAO) where she worked for 16 years until the closure of the Philadelphia Office in August 1994. She rose from an entry level position in the Boston office, spent nearly 4 years in the Frankfurt Germany Office and the last 10 years as a Supervisory Evaluator in Philadelphia. With the closure of the Philadelphia GAO Office, Ms. Henry returned to school and worked as a middle school teacher for nearly 15 years.
Prior to coming to the HUD OIG, Ann Marie served as an Assistant Regional Audit Manager with the US Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General from January 2009 until October 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. She managed a number of internal audits (audits involving various DOJ components) and many external audits (audits involving non DOJ units) including grants, equitable sharing and contracts awarded to local governments, non¬profits and contractors. Ann Marie served as Assistant Regional Inspector General for Audit in our Boston office from October 2015 until her promotion to RIGA in November 2016. During her time with HUD OIG she has managed audits covering such diverse subjects as HUD’s management of disaster assistance, oversight of service contracts and various housing authority’s compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements for a wide variety of programs.
Ann Marie holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Accounting from Babson College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston State College, and a teaching certificate from Trenton State College. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Government Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
DIRECTOR, JOINT CIVIL FRAUD DIVISION, OFFICE OF AUDIT
Ms. “Christy” Thomas joined HUD OIG in 2002 immediately upon graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Public Accountant, licensed to practice in Kansas. Ms. Thomas had spent her career as an Auditor in the Kansas City Office of Audit before joining the Joint Civil Fraud Division’s Midwest group as a Forensic Auditor in April of 2012. In June 2016, Christy was selected as the Director of the Joint Civil Fraud Division.
In Ms. Thomas’ 15-year HUD OIG career, she has conducted numerous audits in all major HUD programs, several of which involved civil actions and/or administrative sanctions. She has also become a subject matter expert in Single Family programs, and in 2009 helped develop OIG’s current Single Family training. She also served as a key instructor for that training program. Christy completed OIG’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) in 2012.
Ms. Thomas was also a key recruiter for her Audit region and continues to routinely speak to Accounting classes at the University of Kansas about the opportunities in Federal employment and the importance of OIG work. She has also conducted various presentations to HUD staff and HUD program participants regarding OIG’s work and role within HUD.
Combating Organized Crime Targeting Global Supply Chain
DEPUTY ASSISTANT INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR INVESTIGATIONS, U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Ms. McClennon is a seasoned global enforcement and compliance executive who specializes in risk management in the international arena. I have expertise in directing and leading global brand protection, ethics, and enforcement objectives. Ms. McClennon enjoys building and leading teams of highly independent people who prevent and detect fraud and economic crimes as well as combat sophisticated financial crimes and public corruption. After 25 years as a federal law enforcement officer, Ms. McClennon has years of experience successfully communicating the facts while on the front lines as well as driving strategic messages for international and domestic prosecutors, government agency heads, disciplinary committees, and Congress. Ms. McClennon speaks regularly at conferences, summits, global meetings, and educational institutions.
Ms. McClennon is a lifetime learner who has traveled to over 60 countries while doing business, and a trusted authority on investigations and government enforcement. Through Ms. McClennon’s technical expertise and leadership, the US government has saved or recovered more than $1 billion in foreign assistance money.
SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE, U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jonathan Schofield joined USAID OIG in February 2001 as a special agent after five years conducting fraud investigations as a special agent with another Office of Inspector General in New York City. He became a first line supervisor in late 2001 but continued to work a full case load. From 2007-2010, he served in the Regional Inspector General Office in Manila, conducting investigations in nearly twenty countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. His career investigations returned or saved the US government over $100 million and led to the incarceration of dozens of individuals. He resumed his Assistant Special Agent in Charge role in Washington in late 2010 and became SAC for the OIG Africa/Europe/Latin America Division in July 2012. As such, he is responsible for OIG investigations of fraud, abuse and corruption within the programs of USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Inter-American Foundation, the Africa Development Foundation and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He currently presides over agents and investigators in El Salvador, Haiti, South Africa, Senegal, Uganda, Egypt, Washington, DC and Germany.
CIGIE Chairs: Community Issues
INSPECTOR GENERAL, AMTRAK
Tom Howard was appointed Inspector General on February 4, 2014 after serving as Deputy Inspector General since April 26, 2010. Mr. Howard has more than four decades of experience in the federal accountability community, including 8 years as Deputy Inspector General at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he assisted the Inspector General (IG) in leading the office’s diverse audit and investigative programs. While at NASA, he also served as the Acting Inspector General for 7 months.
From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Howard served as Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Maritime and Surface Safety Issues at the Department of Transportation. As a senior executive, he provided leadership for the office’s audit oversight of all Coast Guard and Maritime Administration activities, motor carrier and vehicle safety programs, and multibillion-dollar highway and transit infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining the IG community, Mr. Howard had a 24-year career with the Government Accountability Office (GAO); his last position was Assistant Director for National Security and International Affairs Audits. He spent 16 years in GAO’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 8 years in its overseas offices in Frankfurt, Germany, and Honolulu, Hawaii. Throughout his career, he was involved in the oversight of numerous federal programs and a variety of issues, including program management, procurement, information technology, and international affairs.
Originally from Carbondale, Pennsylvania, Mr. Howard has a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Scranton. He completed the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society Program and the National Defense University’s National Security Management Seminar. His commitment to oversight has been recognized with a United States Presidential Rank Award for Career Senior Executives, GAO’s Meritorious Service Award, and the Frank C. Conahan Leadership Award.
Carl W. Hoecker
INSPECTOR GENERAL, U.S. SECURITY AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Carl W. Hoecker is an accomplished professional with more than 30 years of experience in federal law enforcement and accounting. He has supervised and conducted specialized financial investigations, as well as forensic audits and reviews. He has also led fraud prevention and business process improvement efforts in the U.S. military and federal civilian agencies.
Mr. Hoecker was appointed Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 11, 2013. In that capacity, Mr. Hoecker leads a team of auditors, investigators, and administrative staff to fulfill the mission of the SEC Office of Inspector General (OIG) to promote the integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness of the SEC's programs and operations.
In 2006, Mr. Hoecker was appointed the first IG for the U.S. Capitol Police. As a result of his leadership, the Capitol Police OIG is relied upon as a trusted, steadfast advisor to the Chief of Police, Capitol Police Board, and Congress. During Mr. Hoecker's tenure, the Capitol Police OIG conducted extremely sensitive investigations and audits, identified weaknesses, and made recommendations to improve internal controls and ensure government funds were spent wisely.
Mr. Hoecker began his career with the U.S Army in 1976 as a military policeman and then served as a special agent and warrant officer for the Army Criminal Investigations Command. During his last assignment in the Army, he was a member of an investigative unit charged with investigating procurement fraud and fraud prevention measures within the classified community. In 1992, he joined the IG community as a criminal investigator, later becoming Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the U.S. Treasury OIG.
Mr. Hoecker graduated from Governors State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and has a Master's degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Financial Manager, and is certified in financial forensics. Mr. Hoecker serves as the Chairman of the Investigations Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and is a member of the Virginia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
Daniel R. Levinson
INSPECTOR GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Daniel R. Levinson has headed the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for over a decade. A lawyer and a certified fraud examiner, Mr. Levinson leads an independent and objective organization of more than 1,600 auditors, evaluators, investigators, and lawyers who oversee the integrity and efficiency of the Nation's $1 trillion annual investment in Federal health and human services programs. He is responsible for overseeing more than 100 programs administered by HHS agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health.
Mr. Levinson participates in a number of interagency oversight entities and public-private partnerships. He serves on the Executive Council of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and the governing body of the Health Care Fraud Prevention Partnership. In 2015, Mr. Levinson was named a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States. In 2011, President Obama appointed him to be a member of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board. Mr. Levinson also was a member of the Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board.
Mr. Levinson first entered Federal service in 1983 as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He thereafter served as General Counsel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In 1986, President Reagan appointed him to be Chairman of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, a bipartisan, quasi-judicial agency that adjudicates Federal civilian personnel appeals. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Levinson to be Inspector General of the U.S. General Services Administration and in 2005 Inspector General of HHS.
Mr. Levinson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of The American Criminal Law Review.
Scott S. Dahl
INSPECTOR GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
The Honorable Scott S. Dahl was confirmed as the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor by the United States Senate on October 16, 2013. As head of the Office of Inspector General, Mr. Dahl is responsible for overseeing the administration of a nationwide, independent program of audits and investigations involving Department of Labor programs and operations. He also directs investigations into organized crime influence and labor racketeering corruption in employee benefit plans, internal union affairs, and labor-management relations. In addition, the OIG works with other law enforcement partners on human trafficking matters.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Dahl served as the Inspector General at the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, he has served in other senior positions in the Inspector General community—first as Senior Counsel to the Inspector General at the Department of Justice, then as Deputy Inspector General for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and as the Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Commerce. Before joining the IG community, Mr. Dahl served in the Department of Justice as a corruption prosecutor in the Criminal Division's Public Integrity Section and as a trial attorney in the Civil Fraud Section of the Civil Division. He has been a federal public servant for 26 years. Prior to his confirmation, Mr. Dahl also served as an adjunct law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center since 1992, teaching classes on ethics and public corruption.
Tammy L. Whitcomb
ACTING INSPECTOR GENERAL, UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
Tammy L. Whitcomb was appointed as the acting Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General in February 2016. Ms. Whitcomb has served as the Deputy Inspector General since November 2011. In years prior, Tammy served as the Assistant Inspector General for Audit. Tammy came to the Postal Service in November 2005 as an Audit Director.
Ms. Whitcomb started her government career at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Inspection Service, and transitioned with them as a part of the new Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), established in early 1999. During her career at TIGTA, she was an Audit Manager in Dallas, TX for several years before coming to Washington D.C. as the Director of the Office of Management and Policy.
Ms. Whitcomb holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from W. J. Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee and is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Kathy A. Buller
INSPECTOR GENERAL, PEACE CORPS
Ms. Kathy A. Buller was named by the Director to be the Inspector General of the Peace Corps on May 25, 2008. Ms. Buller has 28 years of experience in the Inspector General community. She began her civil service career with the U.S. Agency for International Development as an attorney advisor in the Office of General Counsel in 1983. Ms. Buller later became a project officer with the Office of Administration of Justice and Democratic Development working to improve Latin American and Caribbean justice systems. In 1986, Ms. Buller transferred to the Office of Inspector General where she became the Deputy Legal Counsel and ultimately the Assistant Inspector General for Resource Management. In August 1998, Ms. Buller accepted the Senior Executive Service position as the Chief Counsel to the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration where she remained until becoming the Peace Corps Inspector General.
As a member of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, Ms. Buller is a member of the Executive Council, co-chair of the Inspections and Evaluations Committee and a member of the Legislation Committee. In 2009 she was appointed to the Government Accountability Office Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards. During her career in the Inspector General community she also served as past Chair of the Council of Counsels to the Inspectors General and received numerous awards including the 2004 Glenn/Roth Exemplary Service Award given jointly by the President’s Council on Efficiency and Integrity and the Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency.
Ms. Buller attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 with majors in Political Science and Philosophy and a Juris Doctor degree in 1981. She continued her legal education and received an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University in 1985.
Increased Impact Through Coordination Between OAS and Counsel’s Office
DEPUTY INSPECTOR GENERAL, OFFICE OF AUDIT SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
As Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services at the HHS OIG, Ms. Jarmon is responsible for providing audit services for all HHS programs (with budgets of over $1 trillion) and directs the efforts of over 600 auditors and staff.
She also worked at the Government Accountability Office, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Capitol Police, and KPMG.
Ms. Jarmon was awarded the 2017 Outstanding CPA in Government Federal Impact Award by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Earlier in her career, she was also recognized as a trailblazer by the AICPA in the Journal of Accountancy. She has received the GAO Comptroller General’s Award, GAO’s Human Resources Management award, and the HHS Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Service.
Ms. Jarmon is an honor graduate of the College of William and Mary, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Government Financial Manager.
Megan H. Tinker
OFFICE OF COUNSEL TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Megan Tinker is Senior Advisor for Legal Review for the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She advises the OIG on jurisdiction and oversight issues under the IG Act, and health care fraud and compliance matters, including Medicaid, Medicare and grant programs. Ms. Tinker is responsible for executive level direction and oversight on highly complex and sensitive matters for which the Office of Counsel provides legal advice and representation to OIG officials on a wide range of issues dealing with fraud, waste and abuse in HHS programs and grants.
Ms. Tinker has spoken to the Association of Government Accountants, Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, American Health Lawyers Association and the American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys and provides training on OIG jurisdiction and authorities. Ms. Tinker is guest lecturer at the American University, Washington College of Law, Health Law Program. Ms. Tinker graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law and with honors from University of Richmond.
A Case Study: Interoffice Collaboration on Armored Vehicle Program Management
Regina M. Meade
DIRECTOR, SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE DIVISION, OFFICE OF AUDIT, DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Ms. Meade, a career civil servant, joined the Department of State Office of Inspector General in December 1990, and currently serves as the Director of the Security and Intelligence Division in the Office of Audits. She is responsible for leading her division in auditing and reviewing the Department’s security and intelligence programs both domestically and overseas. She has worked in two offices within OIG, the Office of Audits and the former Office of Security and Intelligence Oversight and has traveled domestically and overseas to conduct audit and inspection work related to security and intelligence, consular and international affairs, and financial management programs. Ms. Meade has a BS in Accounting and a JD (Law) from George Mason University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kathleen R. Sedney
AUDIT MANAGER, SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE DIVISION, OFFICE OF AUDIT
Ms. Sedney joined the Department of State Office of Inspector General in May 2011 and is currently an Audit Manager in the Security and Intelligence Division. She has 15 years of experience as an auditor and forensic accountant, and she has led OIG audits and investigations related to contracts, foreign assistance, financial management, and physical security. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sedney was an auditor and forensic accountant with “Big 4” accounting firms KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, during which time she conducted forensic investigations in accounting, securities, and other fraud matters. She continued in the role of internal forensic accountant at two Fortune 500 companies—Marriott International and Omnicom Group. She has provided expert witness assistance on a variety of subjects, including testifying at trials. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. She earned her B.S. in Accounting from Salisbury University.
DIRECTOR, INSPECTIONS OPERATIONS DIVISION, OFFICE OF INSPECTIONS
Ms. Shane, a career civil servant, joined the Department of State’s Office of Inspector General in April 2010, and currently serves as the Director of the Inspection Operations Division in OIG’s Office of Inspections. Ms. Shane is responsible for planning, data analytics, knowledge management, and administrative operations. Ms. Shane has participated in inspections of the Middle East Partnership Initiative, the Office of eDiplomacy, Embassy Bucharest, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Ms. Shane began her federal career in 1993 with the United States Information Agency (USIA), managing international educational, cultural, and professional exchange programs. After the merger of USIA with the Department of State, she served as the Deputy Staff Director of the Interagency Working Group on U.S. Government-Sponsored International Exchanges and Training and the Chief of Staff for the Bureau of International Information Programs’ Office of Information Technology. Prior to joining the government, Ms. Shane worked as a space policy analyst with a small Virginia-based consulting company. She has a BA in International Affairs and an MA in Russian and East European Studies from The George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional.
SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE, OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS
Robert “Bob” Smolich currently serves as a Special Agent in Charge with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Office of Investigations in Arlington, Virginia. In this role, he overseas criminal, civil, and administrative investigations involving DOS personnel, contractors, and programs, in North, Central, and South America; Asia, and the Pacific Rim. He overseas two investigative branches located in Arlington, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina.
Upon graduating in 1998 from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force through the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He served one tour as a civil engineer with the 16th Civil Engineer Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida before cross-training into the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). Bob graduated from the AFOSI Academy in 2002. While on active duty, he served as a special agent with Detachment 803, Peterson AFB, Colorado; and in various leadership positions including as the Detachment Commander for Detachment 805 FE Warren AFB, Wyoming; Expeditionary Detachment 2408, Sather AB, Iraq; Detachment 105, Robins AFB, Georgia; and as the Fraud Program Manager, Headquarters AFOSI, Andrews AFB, Maryland. Bob also served on two overseas deployments supporting OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Bob joined the Air Force Reserves in 2010 after 12 years on active duty. As a reservist, he has served as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Chief, Economic Crimes Branch, Headquarters AFOSI, Quantico Marine Base, Virginia; IMA to the Commander, Detachment 303 Travis AFB, California; and he currently serves as IMA to the Commander, 12th Field Investigations Squadron, Buckley AFB, Colorado.
Prior to serving with the DOS OIG, Bob was a special agent assigned to the U.S. Department of Commerce OIG’s Atlanta Field Office. During his tenure with DOS OIG, he has also served as a special agent and an Assistant Special Agent in Charge. Bob holds a Master’ degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
EVALUATIONS OFFICER, OFFICE OF EVALUATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS
Mr. Staub joined the Department of State, Office of Inspector General in October 2015, and is currently an Evaluations Officer in the Office of Evaluations and Special Projects. He has over 14 years of experience as an auditor and accountant. Prior to joining the Department of State, he was a senior auditor at the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General where he conducted audits of security and law enforcement operations. Earlier in his career, he was the managing partner at an accounting firm he established and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and Forensic Certified Public Accountant. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from Strayer University.
Not Just Another Data Analytics Presentation
Kenneth R. Dieffenbach
ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Since 2003, Mr. Ken Dieffenbach has served as a special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Fraud Detection Office located in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Dieffenbach has served as the lead investigator for dozens of complex and sensitive fraud and internal misconduct investigations and has made well over one hundred presentations about fraud to a wide variety of audiences. He is a guest instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, a key leader of DOJ’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s Grant Fraud Working Group, and has had articles published in the ACFE White Paper magazine and the Non-Profit Times newspaper. In his current role, Mr. Dieffenbach is an Assistant Special Agent in Charge managing a team focused on contract fraud and proactive data analytics and is the Deputy Director of the OIG’s Office of Data Analytics.
Prior to his current position Mr. Dieffenbach served over six years as an active duty officer special agent with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He received his undergraduate degree in business and accounting from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and his graduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.