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    James L. Ropelewski was appointed Assistant Inspector General for Management in August 2016. He is responsible for overseeing the Office of Management, directing the areas of information technology, budget, contracting, human resources, and facilities. He also directs the unit responsible for debarment and suspension actions of health care providers participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program.

    Mr. Ropelewski began his Federal career in 1990 as a law clerk with the Energy Board of Contract Appeals.  He joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 1991 in the Office of General Counsel, Commercial Law Branch for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  He left the practice of law in 1995 to serve as the Bureau’s Section Chief for Construction Contracting.  In 1996, he was promoted to the Deputy Branch Chief for Procurement and Property. In 2000, he was appointed as the Bureau’s Deputy General Counsel, overseeing 8 specialized legal practices.  

    Mr. Ropelewski joined the U.S. Department of Education in 2007, as the Deputy Director of Contracts and Acquisitions Management (CAM). In 2010, he was appointed as the Director of CAM and to the Senior Executive Service. In 2013, Mr. Ropelewski was appointed as the Department’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Management and Operations.  He also served as the Senior Procurement Executive, beginning in May 2012, with oversight responsibility for the Department of Education’s acquisition system, including over $2 billion in annual procurement spend.

    He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Binghamton University in 1987 and received his J.D. from William and Mary Law School in 1990. 

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