Office of Investigations

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Principal Assistant Inspector General for Investigations

Michelle McVicker

As Principal Inspector General for Investigations, Ms. McVicker oversees DOT OIG’s Office of Investigations comprised of criminal and general investigators that are responsible for conducting criminal, civil, and administrative investigations of fraud and a variety of other allegations affecting DOT, its operating administrations, programs, and grantees (grant funds). The Office of Investigation’s top priorities involve crimes with a public safety impact, procurement and grant fraud schemes that significantly impact DOT funds, consumer and workforce fraud, and employee integrity violations.  assists in managing day-to-day operations. 

Ms. McVicker began her law enforcement career as a DOT OIG Special Agent in Lakewood, Colorado. Over the past 2 decades, she has been responsible for investigating fraud, waste, and abuse in a range of Department programs, including those involving disadvantaged business enterprises, multimillion-dollar construction contracts, commercial drivers’ license testing, and pipelines and hazardous materials investigations. Ms. McVicker previously served as Special Agent-in-Charge for DOT OIG’s Chicago Regional Office. Her region covered 11 States, leading 14 Special Agents and other investigative staff. Her team focused on criminal, civil, and administrative casework involving DOT funds and programs.

Ms. McVicker has also helped OIG develop outstanding partnerships with other investigative agencies. She served as a member of a multi-Agency public corruption task force formed in 2012 that included Federal, State, and local law enforcement partners. She has presented numerous Contract Fraud Prevention and Awareness and Hazmat Briefings to DOT stakeholders, along with Federal and State law enforcement agencies and industry officials, and for 12 years has served as an Associate Instructor for the Pipeline Safety Regulation Application and Compliance Procedures Course in Oklahoma City. She has been recognized through multiple awards, including OIG’s Meritorious Service and Leadership Awards.

Ms. McVicker holds B.S. in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. 


Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations

Max Smith

As Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Mr. Smith supervises DOT OIG’s day-to-day investigative activities related to DOT programs and operations through its headquarters and major regional offices. The headquarters office conducts nationwide special investigations and analysis as well as manages the OIG Hotline Complaint Center and activities generated by complaints. 

Mr. Smith begun his career as a Special Agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he worked a variety of investigations, ultimately focusing on counterintelligence/counterterrorism and high risk deployment operations.    

After separating from military active duty, Mr. Smith came to DOT OIG as a Special Agent in the Washington Field Office. He has been responsible for investigating fraud, waste, and abuse in a wide range of Department programs, including those involving disadvantaged business enterprises, airport and highway construction projects, commercial drivers’ license testing, suspected unapproved parts, employee misconduct and hazardous materials investigations.

Mr. Smith previously served as Special Agent-in-Charge for OIG’s Fort Worth Regional Office which included investigative jurisdiction over 8 States with offices located in Fort Worth, Texas, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Lakewood, Colorado. He led a team of Special Agents and staff that focused on criminal, civil, and administrative casework involving DOT funds and programs.

Mr. Smith has been instrumental in developing outstanding partnerships with DOT stakeholders and other investigative agencies on behalf of the OIG. He has served on numerous multi-Agency task forces and working groups, including Department, Federal, State, and local law enforcement partners and has served as an Associate Instructor for the Pipeline Safety Regulation Application and Compliance Procedures Course in Oklahoma City.  

Mr. Smith is also the recipient of multiple awards, including DOT Secretary and OIG Awards. 

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