Patrick P. O'Carroll Jr.
Patrick P. O'Carroll, Jr. currently serves as the third Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA), having been appointed to that position on November 24, 2004. Under his direction, the SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) inspires public confidence in the integrity and security of SSA's programs by conducting independent and objective audits, evaluations, and investigations.
Mr. O’Carroll directs an OIG workforce of 550 auditors, attorneys, investigators, and support personnel nationwide. The results of their efforts can be seen in the OIG's most recent achievements. In Fiscal Year 2013, the OIG’s investigators reported over $511 million in investigative accomplishments through SSA recoveries, restitution, fines, settlements, judgments, and projected savings. In addition, the OIG’s auditors issued 94 reports with recommendations identifying more than $658 million in Federal funds that could be put to better use, and over $886 million in questioned costs. And the OIG's attorneys reported over $15.3 million in civil monetary penalties and assessments.
Since assuming his position, Mr. O'Carroll has intensified the OIG's efforts to identify and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in SSA programs through innovative and collaborative approaches to the office's core functions, as well as the management and development of human and technological resources. He is a widely recognized expert on social insurance programs, Social Security number integrity, and critical infrastructure protection, among other issue areas.
Prior to his appointment as Inspector General, Mr. O'Carroll held a number of increasingly responsible positions in the SSA OIG organization, including Assistant Inspector General for Investigations and Assistant Inspector General for External Affairs. Mr. O'Carroll also brought to the OIG the benefits of 26 years of experience with the United States Secret Service.
Mr. O'Carroll received a Bachelor of Science from Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and a Master of Forensic Sciences from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also attended the National Cryptologic School and the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Mr. O'Carroll is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Association of Government Accountants.