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.
Director, Office of Government and Public Affairs
As Director of the Office of 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.
Mr. Richmond began his career in the Federal government in 2002 at the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. There he was responsible for a broad legislative and oversight portfolio for the Chairman of the Committee covering a range of highway safety, Federal lands transportation, and fish and wildlife issues.
After departing the Senate Committee as Counsel in 2007, he joined the DOT Office of Inspector General (OIG), where his role and expertise grew to managing a team of Government and Public Affairs Officers responsible for legislative and media relations related to OIG’s oversight of all DOT Operating Administrations and programs.
Mr. Richmond has received numerous OIG and CIGIE awards for his contributions toward a variety of multimodal audits, investigations and special projects, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2018, which is the DOT Inspector General’s highest honor.
Mr. Richmond received a Juris Doctor degree from the Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy in 2004.