Senior Staff

Rona M. Lawson

Assistant Inspector General for Audit

Rona Lawson is the Assistant Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) Office of Audit. Ms. Lawson started her audit career working to improve the integrity of SSA's programs in the Boston, Massachusetts office in 1989. She later served as an Audit Manager and Audit Director in Boston for several years. In 2003, Ms. Lawson became the Office of Audit's Executive Officer, where she coordinated nationwide audit activities and administrative functions. From 2008 to 2016, Ms. Lawson served as Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit.

Throughout her career, Ms. Lawson has received numerous individual and team awards, including Commissioner's Citations and Inspector General Awards. Her assignments have included many audits of SSA's disability programs, as well as recommending numerous improvements to reduce improper payments. Ms. Lawson has served on several special assignments and workgroups during her career, as well as leading peer reviews of other OIGs. In 2000, Ms. Lawson was the first SSA OIG employee in the Council for Excellence in Government's Fellows Program. Also, in 2002, she completed Harvard University's JFK School of Government, Senior Executive Fellow Program.

Ms. Lawson is a Certified Public Accountant who graduated Magna Cum Laude' from Eastern Kentucky University and received her Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.