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Sandra D. Bruce, Acting Inspector General

Sandra D. Bruce, Acting Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General, is a results-oriented leader with more than 30 years of experience directing, overseeing, managing, and conducting complex audit, inspections, and investigative-related programs. Bruce joined the OIG in 2014 as Deputy Inspector General and has been leading the office since 2018 when Inspector General Kathleen S. Tighe retired.

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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.

Acting 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 Exceptional Performance Awards. Bruce has been active in the inspector general community and currently represents the OIG on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) and is chairing the PRAC’s subcommittee focused on GAO and State and Local oversight efforts. Bruce also serves as Chair of the CIGIE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work Group, and is a member of the CIGIE Audit Committee and the CIGIE Information Technology Committee. Bruce previously served on the CIGIE Deputy Inspector General Work Group, and the Intelligence Community Inspector General's Assistant Inspector General for Inspections Work Group.

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.

Bryon Gordon, Assistant Inspector General, Audit

Bryon Gordon is the Assistant Inspector General for Audit. 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.

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 27 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.

Robert Mancuso, Assistant Inspector General for Information Technology Audits and Computer Crime Investigations

Robert (Rob) Mancuso is the Assistant Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s (ED OIG) Information Technology Audits and Computer Crime Investigations unit. ITACCI is responsible for all operational IT related activity within the OIG, creating “One-Stop-Shopping” for issues ranging from data analytics and the annual FISMA review of the Department and Federal Student Aid (FSA) to investigating network intrusions and traditional computer crimes.

Mancuso began his Federal law enforcement career in 1998 with the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General (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 ED 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. In this position, Mancuso investigated a number of high-profile cases, including a case involving a fugitive who had stolen Federal Aviation Administration documents, crashed a plane, fled to Denmark, Germany, Iran, and was apprehended in Panama under a Red Notice and after waiving extradition to the U.S. 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, as well as handling the OIG’s Congressional, media, 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.

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.

Shafee Carnegie, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services

Shafee T.  Carnegie is the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services. Carnegie is responsible for supporting the AIGI leading all investigative operations at Education OIG. A law enforcement professional with more than 25 years of law enforcement experience, Carnegie joined the OIG in 2020 after spending nearly five years at the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, responsible for the Investigative Support Division, Computer Crimes Unit, Headquarters Operations, and the Intake Management Unit.

Previously, Carnegie served in senior positions with the Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) from 2009 through 2015 in its Special Investigations Division and Headquarters Operations. In his leadership position at the Postal Service OIG, his staff of special agents, investigative analysts, and program managers/coordinators focused on improving the Office of Investigations’ operations and programs. He was also responsible for managing the organization’s most important political appointee and senior executive investigations, during that period. Carnegie also served as a Senior Special Agent with the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Forensic Audits and Special Investigations’ Team. During his tenure at GAO, he served as an agent-in-charge leading highly sensitive and complex fraud investigations of Federal programs and operations. He also conducted reviews and audits of Federal agencies to measure the quality of their performance.

Carnegie has also held positions in the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and Health and Human Service Office of Inspector General. Before joining the OIG community, Carnegie started his law enforcement career as an Immigration Inspector in New York City with the United States Department of Justice at the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 

Carnegie earned a Bachelor of Administration in Criminal Justice from Virginia Union University, and completed graduate work at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Kevin Young, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for ITACCI

Kevin J. Young serves as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for ITACCI. 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.

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Last Modified: 03/05/2021