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David Cope was appointed Assistant Inspector General for Legal Affairs and to the Senior Executive Service in August 2006. He joined the organizational predecessor of the Office of the Inspector General at its inception in 1981, and has served in a variety of positions, including Assistant Inspector General for Management, budget and personnel officer, and chief of the internal investigations unit. Mr. Cope previously served in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as a supervisory personnel specialist, holding several positions involving regulatory oversight and review. He began his Federal employment in 1972 through the Federal Management Intern Program.
The Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, authorizes the Inspector General to obtain legal counsel independently of the agency, and also assigns a number of related responsibilities to the Office of the Inspector General. Mr. Cope manages these elements of the Office of the Inspector General’s mission, which include providing legal advice and counsel to the Inspector General; guidance to its employees conducting audits and investigations; regulatory and legal drafting and review; Freedom of Information/Privacy Act compliance; and, Congressional relations and reporting. In addition, through a delegation of authority, he also serves as the agency’s Debarring Official for health care providers under the administrative sanctions provisions of the Federal Employees’ Health Benefits Act.
He received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College in 1968, and his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1976. He is a veteran of the United States Army, and served a tour in Vietnam during the Conflict.
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