OIG Marks 20 Years of Oversight

Beyond the Numbers

Date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Posted by: 
The Communications Division

You might have noticed that our website header looks a little bit different today. 

That’s because we’re commemorating our 20th anniversary with a special logo that will appear on this website, our letterhead, and our social media accounts for the rest of the year.

We’re proud of this organizational milestone, and we’re excited to honor that achievement throughout 2015. At 20 years, it’s a good time to look back and to look ahead, but also to appreciate our years of dedicated public service and oversight of SSA’s programs and operations.

“The OIG’s success wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and commitment of our employees—past and present,” said Inspector General Patrick O’Carroll. “I am proud and grateful every day for their expertise, dedication, professionalism, and contributions.”

For two decades, we’ve achieved our mission to improve SSA by ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of Agency operations; preventing and detecting Social Security program fraud, waste, and abuse; and informing Agency officials and Congress about issues and weaknesses and recommending corrective actions.

“Being with the OIG since its establishment, I’ve seen, first hand, many improvements to SSA’s programs because of our work that have positively affected Social Security and its customers,” said Deputy Inspector General Gale Stone. “Our work makes a difference.”

In addition to the special logo, this week we published an OIG history page to highlight some of the many achievements by our components throughout the years, like

  • identifying improper payments;
  • leading fraud scheme investigations;
  • imposing civil monetary penalties; and
  • informing you about fraud and identity theft.

Over the years, our diverse, specialized staff—some here since the beginning—have fulfilled our mission and provided objective, timely, and valuable information to SSA officials and Congress to make decisions that improve public service and maximize taxpayer dollars.  

As we approached this anniversary, we polled our longest-tenured staff for their memories and thoughts. Here’s some of what they had to say:

“I remember being proud of joining a ‘new’ agency of the government and being a special agent, something I am still proud of to this day,” said Judith Amaro, a criminal investigator in our Chicago office. “Even after all this time, I believe that SSA OIG is one of the best agencies to work for in the government. It has been an honor and a privilege to have a long career in this agency.”

Dave Mazzola, an audit manager in our Boston office, added, “It’s extremely rewarding to see that our work helps SSA improve operations and save hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars.”

Thank you to everyone who’s been a part of, contributed to, and interacted with the Social Security OIG for the past 20 years. We’re committed to the work we do, and we’re very appreciative to have a positive effect on the Social Security Administration and the millions of Americans the Agency serves every day.

Here’s to another 20 successful years!