There’s been a change at the top of the OIG, with different but familiar leadership now in place.
As of May 29, 2016, Deputy Inspector General Gale Stallworth Stone began serving as the Acting Inspector General for the Social Security Administration.
She takes the place of Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr., SSA’s third Inspector General, who retired May 28, 2016, after 45 years of Federal service. O’Carroll served as the Inspector General at SSA for almost 12 years; for the last three years, Stone served as Deputy Inspector General, providing leadership and guidance in the management of the OIG.
“Serving in this position is an honor and a privilege. I have watched Pat take the OIG to new levels, and I am glad I was a part of his team, to see it first-hand,” Acting Inspector General Stone said. “I plan to build on the foundation he left, and that of his predecessors, to continue to see the OIG succeed and serve as a leader in the Federal oversight community.”
O’Carroll developed innovative and collaborative approaches to meet the OIG mission while managing the OIG’s four components—the offices of Audit, Counsel, Investigations and Communications and Resource Management. Additionally, he successfully fostered relationships with other Federal, State, and local government agencies and law enforcement entities. Among his many accomplishments, he encouraged the increased use of analytics and information technology to identify Social Security improper payments; he pursued policy and legislative reforms that supported the OIG mission; and he committed to provide increased public awareness of the OIG’s activities and achievements.
“I thank Pat for his years of steady leadership and many achievements,” Stone said. “He leaves behind an incredibly accomplished legacy of public service.”
As the Acting Inspector General, Stone will lead a national OIG workforce of about 530 auditors, attorneys, investigators, and support personnel, as she directs OIG efforts that inspire public confidence in the integrity and security of SSA’s programs and operations.
Stone held various positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services OIG before coming to SSA OIG in 1995. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Inspector General, she served as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit, with primary responsibility for financial and information technology audits. She has a four-year appointment to the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, which advises the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
During her years with SSA OIG, Stone has received numerous awards, including the 2015 Presidential Rank Award. The President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency also awarded her with the 2004 Glenn Roth Award, a 2006 Award for Excellence, and a 2007 Barry Snyder PCIE/ECIE Joint Award.
She is a graduate of Huntingdon College in Alabama, a Johns Hopkins University graduate with a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems, and a Certified Public Accountant.
Inspectors General are presidential appointees, therefore, Stone will serve as the Acting Inspector General until the President appoints and the Senate confirms a permanent Inspector General for Social Security.