Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
Rob Childress currently serves as the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations and directs all OIG investigative activities related to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in Social Security's programs and operations. He oversees four Headquarters Divisions and 10 Field Divisions, which encompass about 80 offices around the country, including Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. In 2014, Mr. Childress was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as a Deputy Assistant Inspector General in the Office of Investigations. In that role, he was responsible for both Eastern and Western Field Operations as well as Office of Investigations’ components in Headquarters.
Mr. Childress began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the U.S. Customs Service in El Paso, Texas. In 1994, he joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, as a Special Agent in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1996, he joined the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, as a Special Agent in Philadelphia. In 1997, he established the Richmond, Virginia Office of the OIG's Philadelphia Field Division, where he worked as a Special Agent until his promotion to the position of Resident Agent-in-Charge of the Richmond Office in 2000.
In 2007, Mr. Childress was promoted to the position of Special Agent-in-Charge of the OIG's Dallas Field Division, where he served until transferring to OIG Headquarters in 2010. Since 2010, he has held the positions of Special Agent-in-Charge of the Office of Quality Assurance and Professional Responsibility in the Immediate Office, and Special Agent-in-Charge of the Criminal Investigations Division in the Office of Investigations.
Mr. Childress received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver. He is also a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management's Leadership for a Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Childress has received numerous awards for meritorious service, including the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Award and several Awards for Public Service from the United States Attorneys in the Eastern District of Virginia and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.