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Inspector General

Eric J. Soskin

As Inspector General, Mr. Soskin leads OIG's independent and objective reviews of the efficiency and effectiveness of DOT's programs and operations, as well as efforts to detect and prevent fraud, waste, abuse, and violations of law. Mr. Soskin was sworn in was sworn in as the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation on January 11, 2021. Mr. Soskin was nominated to the position by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 21, 2020.

 

Deputy Inspector General

Mitch Behm

As Deputy Inspector General, Mr. Behm provides advice to the Inspector General and assists in managing day-to-day operations. Deputy Inspector General Behm directly oversees the Office of Quality Assurance Reviews and Internal Affairs, and provides direction for the OIG’s oversight of DOT programs.

 


Chief Counsel

Omer Poirier

As Chief Counsel, Mr. Poirier is the chief legal officer at DOT OIG. He supervises the legal staff and coordinates all legal matters for the Office of Inspector General.

 

 

Assistant Inspector General for Strategic Communications and Programs

Amanda Seese Whelan 

As Assistant Inspector General for Strategic Communications and Programs, Amanda Seese Whelan oversees a variety of activities that provide strategic value, critical advice, and mission support across DOT OIG. The Office of Strategic Communications and Programs encompasses several, frequently interdependent program areas with high external and internal impact, including Budget and Financial Management; Government and Public Affairs; Civility, Diversity, and Inclusion; Communications; Organizational Development; and Administrative Professional and Executive Assistant Services.


Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Government and Public Affairs

Nathan Richmond

As Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Government and Public Affairs, Nathan Richmond serves as the main point-of-contact for Members and Committees of Congress and as an official spokesperson to the media. Additionally, Nathan acts as a primary liaison to the Office of Management and Budget and the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) as well as the Government and Public Affairs Offices of the Office of the Secretary of Transportation and each of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) modal Operating Administrations.

 

Assistant Inspector General for Administration and Management

Karl Schuler

As Assistant Inspector General for Administration and Management, Karl Schuler oversees DOT OIG’s full range of business management services—human resources, training, information technology, facilities and asset management, and acquisitions and procurements. He leads a team that performs critical support functions for all of DOT OIG’s employees—both at Headquarters and in multiple regional offices.

 

Principal Assistant Inspector General for Investigations

Elise Chawaga

As Principal Inspector General for Investigations, Ms. Chawaga oversees DOT OIG’s Office of Investigations—specifically, the criminal and general investigators who conduct criminal, civil, and administrative investigations of fraud and a variety of other allegations affecting DOT, its operating administrations, programs, grantees, and grant funds. The Office of Investigation’s top priorities include crimes that affect public safety; procurement and grant fraud schemes involving DOT funds; consumer and workforce fraud; and employee integrity violations.


Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations

Susan Ocampo

As Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Ms. Ocampo supervises the day-to-day investigative activities performed by DOT OIG staff at Headquarters and in our Regional Offices. Nationwide, DOT OIG’s special agents and other investigative staff conduct investigations into and analysis of DOT programs and operations; at Headquarters, this work includes management of the Hotline Complaint Center.

 

Principal Assistant Inspector General for Auditing and Evaluation

Barry DeWeese

As Principal Assistant Inspector General for Auditing and Evaluation, Mr. DeWeese leads the audit division of the DOT OIG, directing all OIG audits related to DOT programs and its agencies. He assumed this role in January 2020.

 

 

Assistant Inspector General for Audit Operations and Special Reviews

Charles A. (Chuck) Ward

As Assistant Inspector General for Audit Operations and Special Reviews, Mr. Ward is responsible for the range of work impacting DOT OIG audit production, policies, processes, and practices, as well as also conduct reviews using OIG and outside technical experts, and selected assessments that are organizationally and programmatic cross-cutting in nature. 

 


Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits

(Vacant)

 

 

 

Assistant Inspector General for Financial Audits

(Vacant)

 

 

 

Assistant Inspector General for Surface Transportation Audits

David Pouliott

As Assistant Inspector General for Surface Transportation Audits, Mr. Pouliott is responsible for managing audits, evaluations, and economic analyses of highway, transit, rail, maritime, pipeline and hazardous materials programs and projects as well as transportation financing issues.

 


Assistant Inspector General for Acquisition and Procurement Audits

Mary Kay Langan-Feirson

As Assistant Inspector General for Acquisition and Procurement Audits, Ms. Langan-Feirson oversees DOT OIG auditing efforts related to Departmental acquisition activities on Federal contracts as well as financial assistance or grant recipient contract award and oversight activities. The topics covered by the audit group she leads covers all operating administrations within DOT and frequently involves the provision of acquisition expertise to other audit groups as part of their performance reviews.

 

Assistant Inspector General for Information Technology Audits

Kevin Dorsey

As Assistant Inspector General for Information Technology Audits, Mr. Dorsey is responsible for leading OIG audits of DOT’s information technology (IT) programs. These audits include, but are not limited to, annual assessments of the Department’s information security program and practices, component-level vulnerability assessments of network infrastructure, system-level security control reviews, and other IT-related areas, including cybersecurity.

 
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