Senior Staff

Gale Stallworth Stone

Acting Inspector General

Gale Stallworth Stone currently serves as the Acting Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Under her direction, the SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) inspires public confidence in the integrity and security of SSA's programs by conducting independent and objective audits, evaluations, and investigations. Mrs. Stone has served in this role since May 29, 2016.

Mrs. Stone was appointed to the position of Deputy Inspector General on February 24, 2013. In this capacity, she provided leadership and guidance in the planning, policy, and program development and management of the OIG.

Mrs. Stone has been a part of the SSA OIG since its inception in March 1995. She previously held various positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) OIG. Since 1995, Mrs. Stone has held a number of leadership positions within the SSA OIG. Prior to her appointment to Deputy Inspector General, she served as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit, with primary responsibility for financial and information technology audits. She also served on the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, which advises the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

Mrs. Stone began her Federal career as a cooperative education student in the Birmingham, Alabama office of the HHS OIG. Over the years, Mrs. Stone has received numerous awards, including a 1996 Hammer Award, a 2002 Inspector General Award, and recognition from the former President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, including a 2004 Glenn Roth Award, a 2006 Award for Excellence, and a 2007 Barry Snyder PCIE/ECIE Joint Award. She received a Presidential Rank Award in 2015. 

Mrs. Stone is a cum laude graduate of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems from The Johns Hopkins University, and she is a Certified Public Accountant.