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Inspector General - Richard L. Skinner

Mr. Skinner was confirmed as the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General on July 28, 2005.  Between December 9, 2004 – July 27, 2005, he served as Acting Inspector General.  He held the position of Deputy Inspector General Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since March 1, 2003, the date that the Office of Inspector General was established.

Prior to his arrival at DHS, Mr. Skinner was with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he served as the Acting Inspector General (October 2002 – February 2003) and Deputy Inspector General (1996 – 2002).  From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Skinner served at FEMA OIG as the Assistant Inspector General for Audits.   In 1998, he received the President’s Meritorious Executive Rank Award for sustained superior accomplishment in management of programs of the United States Government and for noteworthy achievement of quality and efficiency in the public service.

From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Skinner worked at the U.S. Department of State (DOS) OIG.  During his tenure at DOS OIG, Mr. Skinner served as a senior inspector on more than a dozen foreign and domestic inspections and in 1991, Mr. Skinner was appointed by the Inspector General to serve as the “de facto” Inspector General for the Arms Controls and Disarmament Agency (ACDA).

From 1972 to 1988, Mr. Skinner held a variety of audit management positions with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).  He began his Federal career in 1969 with the OIG of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Skinner holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Fairmont State College and an MPA degree from George Washington University.

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