PATRICK P. O’CARROLL, JR.
Social Security Administration
Patrick P. O'Carroll, Jr. currently
serves as the third Inspector General (IG) for the Social
Security Administration (SSA), having been appointed to
that position on November 24, 2004. Under his direction,
the SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) inspires
public confidence in the integrity and security of SSA’s
programs by conducting independent and objective audits,
evaluations, and investigations. Since assuming
the SSA OIG leadership, Mr. O’Carroll has intensified
the OIG’s efforts to identify and prevent fraud,
waste, and abuse in SSA programs through the institution
of innovative and collaborative approaches to the office’s
core functions and the management and development of human
and technological resources.
The results of these efforts can be
seen in the OIG’s most recent achievements.
In FY 2006, the OIG's investigators reported over $292
million in investigative accomplishments through SSA recoveries,
restitution, fines, settlements, and judgments and projected
savings. OIG auditors issued 108 reports with recommendations
identifying over $ 2.6 billion in Federal funds that could
be put to better use and $1.4 billion in questioned costs.
And OIG's attorneys reported over $2.7 million in civil
monetary penalties and assessments. As a result, the OIG
returned $46 for every dollar invested in its operations.
In addition to directing an OIG workforce
of over 600 auditors, attorneys, evaluators and investigators
nationwide, Mr. O’Carroll also chairs the Investigations
Committee of the President’s Council on Integrity
and Efficiency (PCIE)—an organization of Presidentially-appointed
Inspectors General who address issues that transcend individual
Government agencies and increase the professionalism and
effectiveness of IG personnel throughout the Government.
Under Mr. O’Carroll’s leadership, the Committee
seeks new ways to improve investigative functions, establish
investigative guidelines, and promote best practices and
training opportunities for over 6,000 agents in the Federal
Prior to his appointment as Inspector
General, Mr. O'Carroll held a number of increasingly responsible
positions in the SSA OIG organization, including Assistant
Inspector General for Investigations and Assistant Inspector
General for External Affairs. Mr. O'Carroll also
brought to the OIG the benefits of his 26 years of experience
with the United States Secret Service.
Mr. O'Carroll received a B.S. from Mount Saint Mary's College
in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and a Master of Forensic Sciences
from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
He also attended the National Cryptologic School and the
Kennedy School at Harvard University. Mr. O'Carroll is a
member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police
and the Association of Government Accountants.
INSPECTOR GENERAL James A. Kissko
DEPUTY INSPECTOR GENERAL
James A. Kissko
James A. Kissko was appointed
to the position of Deputy Inspector General on August
7, 2005. In this capacity, Jim provides leadership and
guidance in the planning, policy and program development
and management of the Office of the Inspector General.
Jim has worked at the Social Security
Administration (SSA) since 1986 in a variety of key executive
positions. Most recently, he served as the Associate Commissioner
for Electronic Services within SSA's Office of Operations,
where he was responsible for directing the planning and
development of electronic service delivery initiatives
to improve the agency's service to the public and where
he provided leadership to promote expanded e-Government
within SSA. Previously, Jim served as the Acting Deputy
Commissioner for Operations, the Assistant Deputy Commissioner
for Operations, the Associate Commissioner for International
Policy and as Senior Executive Officer for the Commissioner.
Prior to joining SSA, Jim had extensive
experience in other Federal agencies, serving as Executive
Director, Intra-Departmental Council on Indian Affairs
and as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for
Human Development Services within the Department of Health
and Human Services; and as Deputy Director, Division of
Special Treatment Program, National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism in the U.S. Public Health Service.
Jim holds degrees from Yale University
and Cornell University.
AND INTRA-GOVERNMENTAL LIAISON Wade V. Walters, IV
GENERAL FOR CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS AND INTRA-GOVERNMENTAL
Wade V. Walters, IV
Mr. Walters currently serves as the Assistant Inspector
General for Congressional Affairs and Intra-Governmental
Liaison for the Social Security Administration's (SSA)
Office of the Inspector General (OIG). In this capacity,
Wade coordinates the OIG's liaison with Congress, other
government agencies and the President's Council on Integrity
and Efficiency (PCIE).
Prior to assuming his current duties, Wade served in
the OIG's Office of Investigations (OI) as the Special
Agent-in-Charge (SAC) of the five-state Dallas Field Division.
Prior to being appointed as the SAC of the Dallas Field
Division, Wade served for two years as the SAC of the
six-state Denver Field Division. Wade also served as the
Resident Agent-in-Charge of Arizona and Nevada and as
a Special Agent in the San Francisco office. He has been
employed with the OIG for over ten years. Prior to joining
the OIG, Wade served for ten years as a Case Officer with
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The majority of his
duty with the CIA was served abroad.
Throughout his 20-year federal career, Wade has received
numerous individual and team awards, including the Inspector
General's Award for his leadership role in the post-hurricane
Katrina relief efforts, Commisioner's and Regional Commissioner's
Citations and team awards and PCIE awards. In addition
to these prestigious awards, Wade has received numerous
performance awards as well as recognition for special
acts or service.
Wade received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal
Justice from the California State University at Sacramento.
He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows
Program at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.
ACTING EXECUTIVE OFFICER Michael J. McGill
ACTING EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Michael J. McGill
After being accepted into the Social
Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of the Inspector
General's (OIG) inaugural Leadership Development Program,
Michael J. McGill is serving in a rotation as the Acting
Executive Officer for the OIG. In this capacity, Mr. McGill
provides high level consultative and advisory services
on all activities and concerns of the OIG.
Mr. McGill began his public service career in 1995 as
an Institutional Review Specialist with the U.S. Department
of Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1997, he
joined the SSA/OIG as a Special Agent in its Salt Lake
City, Utah office. He has subsequently held various positions
at SSA/OIG headquarters, including Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge
(ASAC) of the Fugitive Enforcement Division, ASAC of the
Special Projects Team, and Acting Special Agent-in-Charge
of the Strategic Research and Analysis Division.
In 1993, Mr. McGill graduated summa cum laude with a
Bachelor of Science in Education from West Chester University.
He also holds a Master of Arts in Government Degree from
the Johns Hopkins University.
Throughout his government career, Mr. McGill has received
numerous awards for his meritorious service.
TO THE INSPECTOR
GENERAL, AND ACTING INSPECTOR GENEAL FOR
EXTERNAL RELATIONS Jonathan Lasher
COUNSEL TO THE INSPECTOR
GENERAL, AND ACTING INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR EXTERNAL RELATIONS
Mr. Lasher received his Bachelor of
Arts Degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of
Maryland and engaged in the private practice of law before
beginning his Federal government career. In 1994, he joined
the Social Security Administration as a staff attorney
in the Office of General Counsel's (OGC) Litigation Division.
In 1996, Mr. Lasher joined what would
become the Office of the Counsel to the Inspector General
(OCIG) as one of four OGC attorneys assigned to legal
representation of the newly-created SSA Office of the
Inspector General (OIG).
In the years since, Mr. Lasher has served
SSA's Inspector General as a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor,
Acting Deputy Counsel to the Inspector General, Director
of Quality Assurance and Professional Responsibility,
and most recently, Deputy Counsel to the Inspector General
for External Relations. Mr. Lasher, under the direction
of the Chief Counsel, is responsible for the OIG's Congressional,
Media, and Public Relations, as well as the OIG's Freedom
of Information Act, Privacy Act, and Public Disclosure
functions, and serves as a legal advisor to the Inspector
General's Executive Staff.
GENERAL AUDIT Steven L. Schaeffer
GENERAL FOR AUDIT
Steven L. Schaeffer
As the Assistant Inspector General for
Audit, Office of the Inspector General, Social Security
Administration (SSA), Steven L. Schaeffer is responsible
for auditing and evaluating the business and program applications
for an entity with income in excess of $675 billion and
outlays of over $500 billion annually. An employee of
SSA for over 23 years, Mr. Schaeffer held several positions
of increasing responsibility in financial management prior
to his current position. He developed and issued SSA's
first audited financial statement in Fiscal Year (FY)
1987 and led the development and production of the Agency's
Performance and Accountability Report through FY 1998.
For his efforts, he has received numerous awards including
three Commissioner Citations (the Agency's highest honor
award); one of the first recipients of the Chief Financial
Officers Council Committee Impact Award; and a "Hammer"
for developing and issuing the first Accountability Report
in the Federal Government. SSA's FY 1998 Accountability
Report received one of the two initial Certificates of
Excellence in Accountability Reporting awarded to Federal
agencies from the Association of Government Accountants.
Prior to working for SSA, Mr. Schaeffer
held positions with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;
U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Sheridan, Illinois;
U.S. Army Transportation Center, Fort Eustis, Virginia;
and the OW Houts and Sons, State College, Pennsylvania.
His educational background includes both Master and Bachelor
of Science degrees from the Pennsylvania State University
and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore.
Mr. Schaeffer has been a licensed CPA in Maryland since
1979 and a member of the Maryland Bar from 1984.
Outside of work, Mr. Schaeffer is an
avid runner, skier, and golfer. As a long distance coach
for a U.S. Track and Field running club, he has had the
opportunity to work with young men and women who have
won numerous titles at the State and Regional level. Several
of his athletes have placed in the top 10 at National
youth championships and have gone on to receive Division
1 A scholarships.
FOR AUDIT Gale Stallworth Stone
DEPUTY ASSISTANT INSPECTOR
GENERAL FOR AUDIT
Gale Stallworth Stone
Mrs. Stone serves as the Deputy Assistant
Inspector General for Audit for the Social Security Administration's
(SSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Before her
promotion to this position in 2000, Mrs. Stone served
as the Director of the Systems and the Financial Audit
Divisions for 3 years. Mrs. Stone began her 16-year Federal
career as a Cooperative Education Student in the Birmingham,
Alabama, field office of the Department of Health and
Human Services' OIG. In 1996, Vice President Gore honored
Mrs. Stone with the Hammer Award for her significant contribution
to the successful completion of the 1996 audit of SSA's
financial statements. More recently, Gale was awarded
the 2002 Inspector General Award in recognition for her
outstanding support of the OIG's inaugural report on SSA's
compliance with the Government Information Security Reform
Act. In addition to these prestigious awards, Gale has
received numerous performance awards as well as recognition
for special acts or service. Gale is a member of the Baltimore
Chapter of AGA where she has served as Editor and Secretary;
and in addition, she was a past recipient of the Chapter's
Special Achievement Award.
Mrs. Stone graduated Cum Laude' from
Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. She also holds
a Masters of Science Degree in Information Systems from
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and she
is a Certified Public Accountant.
OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY
AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
ACTING ASSISTANT INSPECTOR
GENERAL, OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Ms. Lawson is the Acting Assistant Inspector General for
the Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of the
Inspector General's (OIG) Office of Technology and Resource
Management. Before beginning this assignment, Rona worked
in the OIG's Office of Audit. Ms. Lawson started her audit
career working to improve the integrity of SSA's programs
in the Boston, Massachusetts office in 1989. Rona later
served as an Audit Manager and Audit Director in Boston
for several years. Over the years, Ms. Lawson has led
audit staffs in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Falls
Church, Kansas City, Dallas and Baltimore. In 2003, Rona
became the Office of Audit's Executive Officer, where
she coordinated nationwide audit activities and administrative
Throughout her career, Ms. Lawson has received numerous
individual and team awards, including Commissioner's Citations
and Inspector General Awards. Rona's assignments have
included many audits of SSA's disability programs, as
well as recommending numerous improvements to reduce improper
payments. Ms. Lawson has served on several special assignments
and workgroups during her career, as well as leading peer
reviews of the OIGs of the Agency for International Development
and the Treasury Department. In 2000, Ms. Lawson was the
first SSA OIG employee in the Council for Excellence in
Government's Fellows Program. Also, in 2002, Rona completed
Harvard University's JFK School of Government, Senior
Executive Fellow Program.
Ms. Lawson is a Certified Public Accountant who graduated
Magna Cum Laude' from Eastern Kentucky University and
received her Masters of Science in Accounting from the
University of Kentucky.
ASSISTANT INSPECTOR GENERAL
INVESTIGATIONS Richard A. Rohde
GENERAL FOR INVESTIGATIONS
Richard A. Rohde
Richard A. Rohde currently serves as
the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations in
the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Social Security
Administration (SSA). Mr. Rohde started his law enforcement
career in 1965 with the Metropolitan Police Department
in St. Louis, Missouri. It was during this time that he
completed his undergraduate degree at the University of
Missouri-St. Louis with the Bachelor of Science Degree
in Administration of Justice and a Masters of Arts Degree
from St. Louis University in Urban Affairs.
Mr. Rohde began a career with the United
States Secret Service in December of 1975. While employed
by the Secret Service, Mr. Rohde held the following positions:
Special Agent - Springfield, Illinois, New York, New York,
and Counterfeit Division -Washington, DC; Assistant to
the Special Agent in Charge - Los Angeles, California;
Special Agent in Charge - Counterfeit Division and the
Baltimore Field Office; and Deputy Assistant Director
- Office of Investigations.
In September of 1999, Mr. Rohde joined
the SSA OIG as the Special Agent in Charge of External
Throughout his government career, Mr.
Rohde has received numerous awards for his meritorious
Mr. Rohde is married to Mary Johnette
Rohde and they have one daughter, Sarah.
INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR INVESTIGATIONS - FIELD
OPERATIONS Steve W. Mason
DEPUTY ASSISTANT INSPECTOR
GENERAL FOR INVESTIGATIONS - FIELD OPERATIONS
Steve W. Mason
Steven W. Mason currently serves as
the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations,
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Social Security
Administration (SSA). Mr. Mason started his law enforcement
career in 1968 with the Metropolitan Police Department
in Washington, D.C. After serving two years as an undercover
vice investigator, he became a member of the United States
Park Police. It was during this time that he completed
his college education at American University with a degree
in Administration of Justice. Mr. Mason began a career
with the United States Secret Service in December 1975.
While employed by the Secret Service, Mr. Mason held the
following positions: Special Agent, Organized Crime Strike
Force; Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, Miami;
Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Vice Presidents Detail;
Special Agent in Charge, Baltimore; Special Agent in Charge,
Counterfeit Division; and Deputy Assistant Director for
In January 1998, after completing his
career with the Secret Service, Mr. Mason was employed
as the National Director of Security for Dunbar Armored,
a large, national armored car company headquartered in
Baltimore, Maryland. In June 1998 he returned to government
service as a Special Agent, Office of Special Investigations,
General Accounting Office, in Washington, D.C. In November
1998, Mr. Mason joined the SSA OIG as a Special Agent-in-Charge.
In May 2002, Mr. Mason graduated from
the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a Master of
Arts degree in Management. At that time, he was elected
to Delta Mu Delta, the National Honor Society in Business
Throughout his government career, Mr.
Mason has received numerous awards for his meritorious
Mr. Mason is married to Mary Noel Mason
and they have four children.
FOR INVESTIGATIONS - NATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE OPERATIONS Dennis F. Lynch
DEPUTY ASSISTANT INSPECTOR
GENERAL FOR INVESTIGATIONS - NATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE OPERATIONS
Dennis F. Lynch
Dennis F. Lynch currently serves as
the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
(National Investigative Operations). Mr. Lynch came to
the SSA OIG as the Special Agent in Charge of the Strategic
Enforcement Division in July 2000. Mr. Lynch began his
law enforcement career with the U.S. Secret Service in
October 1979. He held increasingly responsible positions
in the Boston and New York Field Offices, the Vice Presidential
Protective Division, Financial Crimes Division, the Baltimore
Field Office, the Counterfeit Division, and the Office
of Training. He retired from the Secret Service in 2000
as the Deputy Assistant Director for Protective Operations.
Mr. Lynch was a combat veteran with
service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1969 and
1974 to 1977. In 1973, he obtained a degree from St. Francis
Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Throughout his government career, Mr.
Lynch has received numerous awards for his meritorious