The Immediate Office of the Inspector General is responsible for coordinating and assuring accomplishment of the overall mission of the OIG. In addition to providing overall leadership and setting the direction of the OIG, the Immediate Office of the Inspector General also provides the independent legal counsel for the organization, internal management support, Congressional and public liaison, and oversight of external summary reporting of activities, such as the OIG Semiannual Report to Congress, Annual Plan, and the annual Management Challenges report.
The Immediate Office of the Inspector General is composed of the Inspector General, the Deputy Inspector General, their executive staff, and three direct-report units: Office of Counsel, Quality and Integrity Group, and Congressional, Public Affairs, and Communications Services.Key Personnel:
Inspector General: Vacant
Deputy Inspector General Delegated the Duties of Inspector General: Sandra Bruce
Phone: (202) 245-6900
- Office of Counsel
The OIG Office of Counsel is responsible for OIG’s legal, Freedom of Information Act, and ethics functions. OIG attorneys provide legal advice and assistance to the Inspector General and OIG staff on a full range of subjects, including Federal education law; administrative, criminal, and civil procedure; and the civil False Claims Act. OIG attorneys represent OIG in administrative litigation before the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- Key Personnel:
Counsel to the Inspector General: Antigone Potamianos
Phone: (202) 245-6900
Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General:
Ruby Len (Ruby.Len@ed.gov) (202) 245-6900
Carla McKenzie (Carla.McKenzie@ed.gov) (202) 245-6900
Howard Sorensen (Howard.Sorensen@ed.gov) (202) 245-6900
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
OIG Freedom of Information Act webpage
FOIA Coordinator: Jeremy Kirsch (202) 245-7858
Quality and Integrity Group
The Quality and Integrity Group is responsible for conducting internal investigations of OIG personnel and for internal quality control reviews and vulnerability assessments of audit, investigative, inspection, and administrative activities. The Group may perform special investigations, reviews, audits, and inspections of a sensitive or complex nature and special projects not within the purview of other OIG entities.
Director: Theresa Perolini
Congressional, Public Affairs, and Communications Services
The Congressional, Public Affairs, and Communications Services group, referred to as Communications Services, coordinates communications between the OIG and Congress, the media, and the general public. Communications Services produces statutory reports such as the Semiannual Report to Congress, content on the OIG public-facing website, the OIG’s podcasts, and other audio-visual content. Communication Services also provides editing services, graphic design, template maintenance, and oversight of publications policies and procedures for the OIG.
Communications Services Liaison: Jillisa Milner