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Patrick E. McFarland

Patrick E. McFarland was nominated Inspector General of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management on April 11, 1990, confirmed by the United States Senate on August 6, 1990 and was sworn in on August 9, 1990.

As Inspector General, Mr. McFarland is responsible for providing leadership that is independent, non partisan and objective and is dedicated to identifying fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in programs administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The Office of the Inspector General conducts audits, investigations, and special reviews of the largest retirement and employee health insurance programs in the world.

Mr. McFarland is a member of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), which is the organization of 73 statutory Inspectors General established by the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008. The purpose of the council is to provide a government-wide forum for identifying and addressing issues related to fraud, waste, and abuse and to promote economy and efficiency in Government programs and operations. Mr. McFarland is a member of the CIGIE Integrity Committee, as well as the Professional Development Committee. He is also a member of the U.S. Government Accountability Office's Domestic Working Group.

Mr. McFarland's law enforcement career spans over 30 years. He served with the United States Secret Service for 22 years, providing line and staff management oversight for protective activities involving six presidents of the United States and many chiefs of state and foreign heads of government. He was a police officer and detective, with the St. Louis, Missouri Metropolitan Police Department, for five years and was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, in Chicago, Illinois, for one year.

He is a member of the Federal Investigators Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Association of Government Accountants. Mr. McFarland is also a member of the Key Executive Alumni Advisory Board of the Key Executive Program at American University.

He attended St. Louis University, graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned his Master of Public Administration degree from American University in 1986.


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