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Kathleen S. Tighe, Inspector General

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On March 17, 2010, Kathleen S. Tighe was sworn in as the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Prior to taking the helm at ED's Office of Inspector General (OIG), she was the deputy inspector general of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From 1995 to 2005, she served as counsel to the inspector general at the General Services Administration (GSA) and, before that, as an assistant counsel for the GSA Office of Inspector General.

From 1988 until 1991, Tighe was a trial attorney in the Fraud Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice. She litigated cases under the civil False Claims Act representing various government agencies. Prior to her government service, Tighe was in private practice with the law firm Lewis, Mitchell & Moore.

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Tighe has played an active role in the operations of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), the umbrella organization for all Federal inspectors general, established by Congress to address integrity, economy, and effectiveness issues that transcend individual government agencies. She is a member of the CIGIE Executive Council, the Audit Committee, and the Information Technology Committee, which she chaired from August 2013 to May 2017.

Tighe has lectured frequently to both government and private organizations on issues relating to fraud, waste, and abuse in government programs. In 2014, she was named by the Institute of Internal Auditors as one of the most influential professionals in government auditing.

Inspector General Tighe serves on a number of interagency committees, including the DATA Act Interagency Advisory Committee, which provides strategic direction to support the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act; and the Government Accountability Office's Domestic Working Group, which advances accountability in federal, state, and local government. In 2011, Tighe was appointed by President Obama to chair the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, a position that concluded in 2015.

Tighe earned her law degree with honors from George Washington University (J.D., 1983) and a master's degree in International Relations from American University (M.A., 1979). She graduated with distinction from Purdue University (B.A., 1976), where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Sandra Bruce, Deputy Inspector General

Sandra D. Bruce is the OIG Deputy Inspector General. Bruce is a results-oriented leader with more than 30 years of experience directing, overseeing, and managing complex audit, inspections, and investigative-related programs.

Prior to joining OIG, Bruce was the Assistant Inspector General for Inspections at the U.S. Department of Energy, a position she also held at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009. From 1997 to 2006, Bruce was a leader with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, directing its Law Enforcement and Postal Service Security unit and its Computer Assisted Audit Techniques unit. From 1986 to 1997, Bruce was with the U.S. Army Audit Agency, where she began her public service career as an auditor, rising to an Audit Supervisor and Associate Program Director. Bruce was also a Legislative Fellow for Senator Carl Levin.

Deputy Inspector General Bruce has received numerous awards for her work, including a 2012 Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence, Distinguished Achievement Awards, and Exceptional Performance Awards. Bruce has been active in the inspector general community and currently serves on the CIGIE Deputy Inspector General Committee, and previously served on the Intelligence Community Inspector General's Assistant Inspector General for Inspections Working Group.

Bruce earned her Master of Science in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University.

Patrick J. Howard, Assistant Inspector General for Audit

Patrick (Pat) Howard is the Assistant Inspector General for Audit. Howard is responsible for leading all audit operations, including developing the annual audit program and working with ED leaders and Congress to assure recommendations are implemented to improve the integrity and efficiency of the programs to better serve students and parents and protect taxpayer’s investments in American education.

Assistant Inspector General Howard has more than 37 years of experience in auditing Federal education programs, beginning his OIG career in 1980, when ED became an independent agency. Many of his audit recommendations have resulted in significant statutory and regulatory changes to address risk and internal controls to improve program operations. Howard is the recipient of the prestigious CIGIE Alexander Hamilton Award for audit recommendations that improved the operations of the executive branch and over his career has received over a dozen CIGIE awards for audit excellence. Under Howard’s direction Audit Services has received three consecutive unqualified opinions on CIGIE peer reviews of audit quality without a deficiency or letter of comment.

Howard is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society.

Aaron R. Jordan, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations

Aaron Jordan is the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations. Jordan is responsible for leading all investigative operations. A law enforcement professional with more than 22 years of law enforcement experience, Jordan joined the OIG in 2013 after spending seven years with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) where he served as the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations. During his tenure at the PBGC, Aaron performed an 18-month detail as an Executive Advisor for Investigative Programs as well as Acting Deputy Assistant Inspector General for the Central Intelligence Agency. During the detail, Jordan managed high-profile, sensitive investigations involving personnel, programs and operations. He also completed a reorganization of the Office of Investigations, implemented new policy guidance, and created performance objectives and measures for the office.

Jordan began his law enforcement career with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, where he conducted investigations involving complex contract and procurement fraud, health care fraud, and corruption. He then moved to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) OIG where he held a number of progressively responsible positions, including Supervisory Special Agent of the Contract Fraud team, Director of Health Care Fraud Investigations, and Special Agent in Charge of the Strategic Enforcement Division.

Assistant Inspector General Jordan has received numerous awards, including the USPS OIG Special Agent of the Year and the Assistant U.S. Attorney's Office Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Jordan also served as the Chair of the CIGIE Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Committee.

Jordan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University.

Charles Coe, Jr., Assistant Inspector General for IT Audits and Computer Crime Investigations

Charles (Chuck) Coe joined the OIG in February 2004 as its first Assistant Inspector General for Information Technology Audits and Computer Crime Investigations (ITACCI). In this role, Coe is responsible for all IT-related audit and investigative activity within the OIG, creating a “one-stop-shopping” unit for activities ranging from data analytics and Federal Information Security Modernization Act reviews, to computer forensics and investigations of network intrusions and computer crimes.

Before joining the OIG, Coe worked for the NASA Office of Inspector General Computer Crimes Division (CCD) from 1996-2004, taking on the role of CCD’s Special-Agent-in-Charge in 2002. In this position, Coe oversaw both the technical support and operational functions of the division. Prior to NASA, Coe spent nearly a decade with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he was selected to manage the first-ever dedicated forensic media analysis lab in the U.S. Department of Defense, which led to the creation of the Defense Computer Forensic Lab.

Assistant Inspector General Coe is a 2007 Federal 100 Winner, recognized for his risk-taking, vision, and pioneering spirit within the Federal information technology community. In 2010, Coe received the SAS 2010 Enterprise Excellence Award for Government.

Coe holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking with honors, as well as Associate degrees in Criminal Justice and Electronic Systems Technology.

David A. Morris, Assistant Inspector General, Management Services

David Morris is the Assistant Inspector General for Management Services. Morris and his team are responsible for providing budget and financial management, contracting, facilities and support services, human resources, and information technology services to the OIG.

Prior to joining the OIG in September 2015, Morris was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Mission Support for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. Morris has also held positions at the U.S. Department of the Interior, the General Services Administration, and the Office of Management and Budget. Morris began his career as a Presidential Management Intern at the General Services Administration in Kansas City.

Morris earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Marta Erceg, Counsel to the Inspector General

Marta Erceg is the Counsel to the Inspector General. She joined the OIG in March 2009. Erceg and her team are responsible for providing legal, legislative, public relations, and Freedom of Information Act support and services to OIG management and staff, as well as to stakeholders outside the OIG.

Prior to joining the OIG, Erceg spent ten years at the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, holding several leadership positions, including the position of Director of Legal Services. She received numerous awards while there, including the Inspector General Excellence Award and several Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency. Before that, she worked as an attorney at Postal Service headquarters, as an attorney at the Washington, DC law firm of Arent Fox, and as a law clerk for New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Marie L. Garbaldi.

Erceg received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a law degree with honors from Emory University Law School.

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Last Modified: 10/05/2017