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The Inspector General

Gail S. Ennis is the fourth Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA). She was sworn in on January 29, 2019, following her nomination by the President and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Inspector General Ennis oversees a nationwide workforce of nearly 500 criminal investigators, auditors, information technology specialists, attorneys, program analysts, budget and management analysts, human resources specialists, and public affairs specialists.  Under her direction, the SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is charged with conducting and supervising audits and investigations relating to the programs and operations of SSA. SSA OIG’s work promotes economy, efficiency, and effectiveness, and prevents and detects fraud, waste, and abuse in those programs and operations. SSA OIG keeps the Social Security Commissioner and Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration of such programs and operations and the necessity for and progress of corrective action.

Ms. Ennis began her legal career in 1998 as an associate at the law firm WilmerHale, in the firm’s Securities Department. In 2007, Ms. Ennis became a Partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice and later also joined the firm’s Bank Regulation and Enforcement practice. Throughout her career, Ms. Ennis’s practice focused on government and independent investigations, including cases related to allegations of accounting fraud and violations of government regulations. She counseled companies, audit committees, and boards of directors about corporate governance issues, public disclosures, and improving processes, procedures, and internal controls. Many of her representations involved leading large teams of lawyers, forensic accountants, information technology and discovery professionals, and support staff investigating issues including financial statement reporting and disclosure errors, accounting irregularities, and misconduct by current or former officers or employees.

Ms. Ennis holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School.

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