The Honorable Sandra D. Bruce, Inspector General
Sandra D. Bruce was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Education on December 2, 2021. Inspector General Bruce is a results-oriented leader with more than 30 years of experience directing, overseeing, managing, and conducting complex audit, inspections, and investigative-related programs. Inspector General Bruce joined the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in 2014 as Deputy Inspector General and has led the office since 2018 when Inspector General Kathleen S. Tighe retired.
Prior to joining the 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.
Inspector General Bruce has received numerous awards for her work, including a Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Award for Excellence, Distinguished Achievement Awards, and an Exceptional Performance Award. She is also a recipient of the Excellence in Government Leadership Award presented by the Association of Government Accountants-Philadelphia Chapter. Bruce is active in the inspector general community, currently serving as a member of Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) where she chairs the PRAC’s Government Accountability Office and State and Local Oversight Subcommittee and is a member of the PRAC’s Financial Sector Work Group. Bruce also serves as chair of the CIGIE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee and is a member of the CIGIE Audit Committee and CIGIE Information Technology Committee. Bruce previously served on the CIGIE Deputy Inspector General Work Group and the Intelligence Community Inspector General’s Assistant Inspectors General for Inspections Work Group.
Inspector General Bruce earned her Master of Science in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Fayetteville State University. She graduated from Indian River High School in her home state of Delaware.
Bryon Gordon, Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services
Bryon Gordon is the Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services. Gordon 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 Gordon has more than 15 years of experience in auditing Federal education programs. Many of his audit recommendations have resulted in programmatic, statutory, and regulatory changes to address risk and internal controls to improve program operations. For 23 years, Gordon served at the Government Accountability Office, starting as an Evaluator and rising to Assistant Director, where he focused on education issues, predominately matters involving K-12. In 2013, Mr. Gordon joined the OIG as Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit, becoming the Assistant Inspector General for Audit in 2018.
Gordon earned his BA in Economics and Policy Studies from Syracuse University and a Masters of Public Administration, with a concentration in State and Local Public Finance from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Robert Mancuso, Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services
Robert (Rob) Mancuso is the OIG’s Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services. In this position, Mancuso leads all OIG investigative operations, including information technology-based crimes and criminal activity. He has served in this position since January 2022 after having served as Assistant Inspector General for the OIG’s Information Technology and Computer Crime Investigations (now OIG Technology Services).
Assistant Inspector General Mancuso began his Federal law enforcement career in 1998 with the Social Security Administration (SSA) OIG, where he helped to conceive, develop, and implement a project to identify weakness in SSA’s death alert system, which ultimately identified millions of dollars in overpayments and projected savings to SSA. In 2001, Mancuso joined ED OIG as an investigator in its Washington Field Office and then served as an acting Desk Officer for a year. In 2004, Mancuso became a Program Manager and played an integral role in creating the ED OIG Computer Crime Investigation Division (CCID). In this position, Mancuso oversaw the transition and growth from CCID to the Technology Crimes Division, helped create the ED OIG Data Analysis and Referral Team, and supervised the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of the OIG’s first unauthorized access (18 USC 1030) case.
In January 2008, Mancuso joined the U.S. Department of Transportation OIG where he helped start their Computer Crimes Unit, first as a Senior Computer Crimes Agent and then as its Assistant Special Agent in Charge. Mancuso re-joined ED OIG in August of 2015 as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Technology Crimes Division and was shortly thereafter promoted to Special Agent in Charge.
Mancuso earned his Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications with a minor in Business from Elon College in North Carolina.
Antigone Potamianos, Counsel to the Inspector General
Antigone Potamianos serves as Counsel to the Inspector General. She and her team are responsible for providing legal advice and services, and manages the OIG’s Freedom of Information Act and ethics programs.
Prior to joining the OIG in August 2018, Potamianos she served as Deputy Counsel to the Inspector General at U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she and her staff also provided legal services to the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency. She also served as Senior Counsel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General, where she worked on procurement fraud litigation matters, including assisting on significant civil False Claims Act settlements, and on matters involving oversight of the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Further, Potamianos worked as a committee staff member for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee (now the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.)
Potamianos earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and her law degree from George Mason School of Law.
Kevin Young, Assistant Inspector General for Technology Services
Kevin J. Young serves as the Assistant Inspector General for Technology Services. He has over 26 years in experience Federal auditing, data analysis and investigative support experience. Prior to joining the OIG in 2020, Young was the Director of the Strategic Analysis & Research Division for the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations. In that position, Young developed forensic accounting capabilities and established a data analytics program. He led a team of investigative analysts and forensic auditors in support of criminal, civil, and administrative investigations. His team was responsible for proactively identifying potential frauds and vulnerabilities using data analytics. Prior to joining the Department of State OIG, Young worked for the U.S. Army Audit Agency (USAAA) in various roles for over 19 years. He was the Audit Manager for the Korea Field Office from May 2007 to June 2013. Prior to his assignment to Korea in May 2007, he was an Audit Manager for Intelligence and Security Division at Fort Belvoir. He also served as the Deputy for Applied Technology, Operations Center. Kevin started his career with the USAAA at the Detroit Field Office in 1994. He spent 6 years at the Korea Field Office where he served as an Audit Supervisor, Lead Auditor, and Local Area Network Administrator.
Young has a BS in Accounting with a minor in Economics from Penn State University, a MS in International Management and a MS in Public Administration from Troy State University. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor.
Francine Hines, Assistant Inspector General for Management Services
Francine Hines serves as the Assistant Inspector General for Management Services. Hines is responsible for leading support operations for the OIG’s budget, human resources functions, administrative operations, and its diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative.
Assistant Inspector General Hines has more than 20 years of government and private sector experience leading business and management operations. Throughout her career, Hines has reengineered programs and processes to reduce costs and improve performance. She has also led her teams in resolving human capital problems to promote an inclusive workplace, encourage optimal effort, and continuously develop staff to improve and sustain support operations.
Prior to joining the OIG in December 2019, Hines work at the Unites States Postal Service as the Deputy Inspector General for Management Services, Director of Budget and Financial Operations and Director of Audit Services.
Hines earned her BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Bowie State University and a Masters in Information Technology from the University of Maryland. Hines is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager, and Certified Lean-Six-Sigma.
Sean Dawson, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services
Sean Dawson was selected as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services in June 2018, becoming part of a management team responsible for audits, inspections, and other activities that ensure integrity in ED’s operations and programs while identifying opportunities for improvement. Dawson has been a part of the Inspector General community for more than 25 years, including auditing positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG, the U.S. Postal Service OIG, and the Small Business Administration OIG. Dawson has served at the Department of Education OIG since 2002, starting as an auditor with the Operations Internal Audit Team, rising to the position of Assistant Director, and then becoming the Director of the Strategic Planning, Administration, and Resolution Team. In these roles, Dawson gained extensive experience in conducting performance audits and was responsible for a wide range of activities including quality assurance and policy, annual audit work planning, strategic planning, and audit resolution. Dawson earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the State University of New York.
Theresa Perolini, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services
Theresa Perolini was selected as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services in July 2022, becoming part of a management team responsible for audits, inspections, and other activities that ensure integrity in ED’s operations and programs while identifying opportunities for improvement. Perolini began her career in the Federal government in 2003 with the Internal Revenue Service, and shortly thereafter joined ED OIG as an auditor in New York. In 2009, Perolini became Assistant Regional Inspector General for Audit in the New York audit region, managing audit projects and leading regional audit staff. She transferred to the OIG’s newly formed Quality and Integrity Group in 2011 and became Director in 2018. In this role, Perolini established and administered the OIG’s internal quality assurance program, providing oversight of OIG audits, inspections, criminal investigations, and business operations. She also oversaw OIG’s internal affairs program, supervising investigations of employee misconduct; and developed and facilitated the OIG’s’s enterprise risk management program. Perolini obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems and a master’s degree in Accounting from Queens College, City University of New York. She also has a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University. Theresa is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Antonio L. Murray, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Technology Services
Antonio L. Murray was selected as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Technology Services in August 2022. With more than two decades of experience in IT, including IT audits, investigative support, and data analytics, Deputy Assistant Inspector General Murray brings a combination of IT leadership and management to the position. Prior to joining the OIG in 2020, Murray served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the USAID OIG. In that role, Murray spearheaded multiple high priority projects, including the Help Desk revitalization project and USAID OIG IT independence effort. Murray began his Federal career at the Department of Transportation OIG in 2010 as an IT specialist, Infrastructure Manager, eventually serving as Chief Information Officer where he was responsible for security compliance and policy, technical assessment and architecture, leadership and performance management, strategic planning, and budget execution. Murray obtained a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Strayer University, and holds an A.A.S. in Computer and Information Science from ECPI College of Technology. Murray also holds the following technical certifications, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Certified IT Professional, and Certified Virtualization Expert.
Jason Williams, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services
Jason Williams was selected as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services in January 2023, joining the senior management team responsible for investigative operations, including information technology-based crimes and criminal activity involving ED programs and operations. Williams began his Federal career in 2001 with the U.S. Department of Transportation as an Operations Research Assistant in Washington, DC. During that time, he worked on loss of life quantitative studies and participated in a white paper group that analyzed potential terrorism scenarios involving the use of hazardous materials. That experience led Williams to pursue a career in law enforcement and in 2004, he became a Hazardous Materials Enforcement Investigator with the U.S. Department of Transportation and later a Senior Investigator and Program Manager. In 2008, Williams joined ED OIG as a special agent, rising to the position of Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the Southeastern Regional office in 2016. In 2019, Williams became the Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG Southeast Region, a position he held until returning to ED OIG. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a certificate in Strategic Management from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.
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