|Inspector General of the|
United States Department of State
Seal of the United States Department of State
|Reports to||United States Secretary of State|
|Inaugural holder||Raymond C. Miller|
The inspector general of the Department of State heads the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of State and is responsible for detecting and investigating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the United States Department of State. In the department, the inspector general has a rank equivalent to assistant secretary.
List of inspectors general of the Department of State and the Foreign Service
|Name||Assumed Office||Left Office||President served under|
|Raymond C. Miller||November 19, 1957||October 31, 1960||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Gerald A. Drew||November 13, 1960||May 31, 1962||Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy|
|Norris S. Haselton||June 10, 1962||July 31, 1964||John F. Kennedy|
|Fraser Wilkins||July 23, 1964||August 8, 1971||John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon|
|Thomas W. McElhiney||July 1, 1971||July 18, 1973||Richard Nixon|
|James S. Sutterlin||October 15, 1973||August 31, 1974||Richard Nixon|
|William E. Schaufele, Jr.||April 16, 1975||November 29, 1975||Gerald Ford|
|Robert M. Sayre||November 25, 1975||May 1, 1978||Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter|
|Theodore L. Eliot, Jr.||July 5, 1978||October 16, 1978||Jimmy Carter|
|Robert C. Brewster||January 15, 1979||January 18, 1981||Jimmy Carter|
|Robert L. Brown||July 7, 1981||June 30, 1983||Ronald Reagan|
|William Caldwell Harrop||December 12, 1983||August 27, 1986||Ronald Reagan|
|Sherman M. Funk||August 14, 1987||February 15, 1994||Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton|
|Jacquelyn L. Williams-Bridgers||April 7, 1995||January 31, 2001||Bill Clinton|
|Anne Marie Sigmund
|February 4, 2001||August 3, 2001||George W. Bush|
|August 3, 2001||January 23, 2003||George W. Bush|
|Anne Marie Sigmund
|January 24, 2003||September 28, 2003||George W. Bush|
|Anne W. Patterson
|September 28, 2003||August 3, 2004||George W. Bush|
|John E. Lange
|August 3, 2004||August 23, 2004||George W.Bush|
|Cameron R. Hume
|August 23, 2004||May 2, 2005||George W. Bush|
|Howard Krongard||May 2, 2005||January 15, 2008||George W. Bush|
|Harold W. Geisel
|June 2, 2008||September 30, 2013||George W. Bush and Barack Obama|
|Steve A. Linick||September 30, 2013||May 15, 2020||Barack Obama and Donald Trump|
|May 15, 2020||August 7, 2020||Donald Trump|
|August 7, 2020||August 31, 2020||Donald Trump|
|August 31, 2020||December 11, 2020||Donald Trump|
|August 31, 2020||Present||Donald Trump and Joe Biden|
Obama and Trump administrations
Harold W. Geisel served as acting inspector general during Hillary Clinton's service as Secretary of State., which lasted until February 1, 2013. There was no permanent inspector general at the State Department while Clinton was Secretary, nor did President Barack Obama nominate anyone for that position. Later in 2013, Obama nominated Steve A. Linick, and the Senate confirmed Linick to the role.
Linick served as inspector general for the balance of Obama's term, continuing into the presidency of Donald Trump. On Friday, May 15, 2020 at 10 p.m., the White House announced that Linick had been removed. The White House said Trump had dismissed Linick at the request of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Linick had been conducting several investigations into actions by Pompeo. Trump appointed Stephen Akard, who was concurrently serving as the director of the State Department's Office of Foreign Missions, as acting inspector general. Akard served as acting inspector general less than three months before resigning. Deputy Inspector General Diana Shaw then became acting inspector general.
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- "Steve A. Linick, Inspector General". U.S. Department of State. September 30, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
- McGraw, Meridith; Toosi, Nahal (May 15, 2020). "Trump ousts State Department watchdog". POLITICO. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
- Hudson, John (August 5, 2020). "State Department watchdog resigns in another shake-up at IG's office". Washington Post. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
- "State Department watchdog steps down after Pompeo rails at report on investigation into wife's travel". www.msn.com. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
- Cohen, Tom (February 1, 2013). "Clinton's farewell marred by embassy bombing". CNN. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
- Tau, Byron and Nicholas, Peter. "State Department Lacked Top Watchdog During Hillary Clinton Tenure", Wall Street Journal (March 24, 2015).
- Blake, Aaron (May 18, 2020). "Trump's slow-motion Friday night massacre of inspectors general". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
- Kimball, Spencer (May 16, 2020). "Mike Pompeo recommended Trump firing of State Department inspector general, White House says". CNBC. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
- Wong, Edward; Sanger, David E. (May 19, 2020). "State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
- "Pompeo's elite taxpayer-funded dinners raise new concerns". NBC News. May 19, 2020. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
- Toosi, Nahal (June 23, 2020). "Acting watchdog recuses himself from 2 Pompeo probes". Politico. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
- Atwood, Kylie; Hansler, Jennifer (August 5, 2020). "Acting State Department watchdog resigns months after previous inspector general was fired". CNN. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
- Hudson, John (August 2, 2020). "State Department watchdog resigns in another shake-up at IG's office". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 6, 2020.