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Senior Leadership Team

The Honorable Sandra D. Bruce, Inspector General

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Inspector General Sandra D. Bruce

Sandra D. Bruce was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Education on December 2, 2021. For more information on her career, read her full bio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

René Rocque, Deputy Inspector General

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Headshot of Rene Rocque

René L. Rocque joined the OIG as the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in December 2023.  As Deputy Inspector General, she is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the OIG and assists the Inspector General in leading and coordinating the OIG’s oversight the Department of Education.

Deputy Inspector General Rocque has over 20 years of experience matters related to fraud and government oversight. Prior to joining OIG, she served as the Assistant Inspector General for Evaluation and Inspections at the Department of Justice (DOJ) OIG, where she led the establishment of the routine prison inspection program. While at DOJ OIG, she also served as Senior Counsel to the DOJ Inspector General.

Rocque has served as acting Counsel and Principal Deputy Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency OIG.  She also served in a series of progressively more responsible roles at the Department of Homeland Security OIG, including serving as Senior Policy Advisor to the Inspector General and as the founding Director of the Office of Governmental and Public Affairs.

Rocque began her Federal career as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Fraud section of the DOJ, where she investigated and litigated fraud against the Federal government. Working with United States Attorneys’ Offices, OIGs, and whistleblowers, she assisted in the recovery of millions of dollars to the Federal treasury. Prior to that, she served as a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson, LLP, where she worked on False Claims Act matters and internal investigations.

Deputy Inspector General Rocque earned an AB, with honors, in English and American Literature at Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Jason Williams, Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services

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Jason Williams

Jason Williams is the Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services, responsible for investigative operations, including information technology-based crimes and criminal activity involving ED programs and operations. Williams previously served as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services. Williams began his Federal career in 2001 with the U.S. Department of Transportation as an Operations Research Assistant in Washington, DC. During that time, he worked on loss of life quantitative studies and participated in a white paper group that analyzed potential terrorism scenarios involving the use of hazardous materials. That experience led Williams to pursue a career in law enforcement and in 2004, he became a Hazardous Materials Enforcement Investigator with the U.S. Department of Transportation and later a Senior Investigator and Program Manager. In 2008, Williams joined ED OIG as a special agent, rising to the position of Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the Southeastern Regional office in 2016. In 2019, Williams became the Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG Southeast Region, a position he held until returning to ED OIG in January 2023. Assistant Inspector General Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a certificate in Strategic Management from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.

Antigone Potamianos, Counsel to the Inspector General

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Antigone Potamianos headshot

Antigone Potamianos serves as Counsel to the Inspector General. She and her team are responsible for providing legal advice and services, and manages the OIG’s Freedom of Information Act and ethics programs.

Prior to joining the OIG in August 2018, Potamianos she served as Deputy Counsel to the Inspector General at U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she and her staff also provided legal services to the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency. She also served as Senior Counsel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General, where she worked on procurement fraud litigation matters, including assisting on significant civil False Claims Act settlements, and on matters involving oversight of the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Further, Potamianos worked as a committee staff member for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee (now the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.)

Potamianos earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and her law degree from George Mason School of Law.

Kevin Young, Assistant Inspector General for Technology Services

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Kevin Young

Kevin J. Young serves as the Assistant Inspector General for Technology Services. He has over 26 years in experience Federal auditing, data analysis and investigative support experience. Prior to joining the OIG in 2020, Young was the Director of the Strategic Analysis & Research Division for the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations. In that position, Young developed forensic accounting capabilities and established a data analytics program. He led a team of investigative analysts and forensic auditors in support of criminal, civil, and administrative investigations. His team was responsible for proactively identifying potential frauds and vulnerabilities using data analytics. Prior to joining the Department of State OIG, Young worked for the U.S. Army Audit Agency (USAAA) in various roles for over 19 years. He was the Audit Manager for the Korea Field Office from May 2007 to June 2013. Prior to his assignment to Korea in May 2007, he was an Audit Manager for Intelligence and Security Division at Fort Belvoir. He also served as the Deputy for Applied Technology, Operations Center. Kevin started his career with the USAAA at the Detroit Field Office in 1994. He spent 6 years at the Korea Field Office where he served as an Audit Supervisor, Lead Auditor, and Local Area Network Administrator.

Young has a BS in Accounting with a minor in Economics from Penn State University, a MS in International Management and a MS in Public Administration from Troy State University. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor.

Joy Stith, Assistant Inspector General for Management Services

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Joy Stith is the Assistant Inspector General for Management Services (AIG-MS). Selected as AIG MS in October 2023, Assistant Inspector General Stith is responsible for the formulation and issuance of OIG policies, procedures, and standards for operations; managing the agencies annual budget appropriation and procurement functions; human resources; facility, space, and infrastructure support; the organization’s administrative records management function; and OIG-wide training programs. Stith served as the Chief of Staff to the Inspector General prior to becoming the AIG-MS.

Assistant Inspector General Stith has over 31 years of Federal government experience, specializing in financial and program management, accounting, and auditing. Prior joining the OIG, Stith worked for the Defense Logistics Agency in various financial management leadership roles for more than 16 years, serving as the Director for Headquarters Accounting Operations and the Director of Centers of Financial Excellences where she led accountants and budget analyst in ensuring the accurate financial reporting of the organization’s  $41 billion operations. Stith started her career as an auditor with the Air Force Audit Agency at Andrews Air Force Base (now Joint Base Andrews) in 1993 and joined the newly created US Postal Service OIG in 1997 as one of the first senior auditors.

Stith holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from East Carolina University and a Master of Arts in Administrative Management from Bowie State University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. 

Sean Dawson, Acting Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services

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Sean Dawson

Sean Dawson is currently the Acting Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services. Sean was selected as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services in June 2018, becoming part of a management team responsible for audits, inspections, and other activities that ensure integrity in ED’s operations and programs while identifying opportunities for improvement. Dawson has been a part of the Inspector General community for more than 25 years, including auditing positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG, the U.S. Postal Service OIG, and the Small Business Administration OIG. Dawson has served at the Department of Education OIG since 2002, starting as an auditor with the Operations Internal Audit Team, rising to the position of Assistant Director, and then becoming the Director of the Strategic Planning, Administration, and Resolution Team. In these roles, Dawson gained extensive experience in conducting performance audits and was responsible for a wide range of activities including quality assurance and policy, annual audit work planning, strategic planning, and audit resolution. Dawson earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the State University of New York.

Theresa Perolini, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services

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Theresa Perolini

Theresa Perolini was selected as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services in July 2022, becoming part of a management team responsible for audits, inspections, and other activities that ensure integrity in ED’s operations and programs while identifying opportunities for improvement. Perolini began her career in the Federal government in 2003 with the Internal Revenue Service, and shortly thereafter joined ED OIG as an auditor in New York. In 2009, Perolini became Assistant Regional Inspector General for Audit in the New York audit region, managing audit projects and leading regional audit staff. She transferred to the OIG’s newly formed Quality and Integrity Group in 2011 and became Director in 2018. In this role, Perolini established and administered the OIG’s internal quality assurance program, providing oversight of OIG audits, inspections, criminal investigations, and business operations. She also oversaw OIG’s internal affairs program, supervising investigations of employee misconduct; and developed and facilitated the OIG’s’s enterprise risk management program. Perolini obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems and a master’s degree in Accounting from Queens College, City University of New York. She also has a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University. Theresa is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Antonio L. Murray, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Technology Services

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Antonio Murray

Antonio L. Murray was selected as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Technology Services in August 2022. With more than two decades of experience in IT, including IT audits, investigative support, and data analytics, Deputy Assistant Inspector General Murray brings a combination of IT leadership and management to the position. Prior to joining the OIG in 2020, Murray served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the USAID OIG. In that role, Murray spearheaded multiple high priority projects, including the Help Desk revitalization project and USAID OIG IT independence effort. Murray began his Federal career at the Department of Transportation OIG in 2010 as an IT specialist, Infrastructure Manager, eventually serving as Chief Information Officer where he was responsible for security compliance and policy, technical assessment and architecture, leadership and performance management, strategic planning, and budget execution. Murray obtained a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Strayer University, and holds an A.A.S. in Computer and Information Science from ECPI College of Technology. Murray also holds the following technical certifications, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Certified IT Professional, and Certified Virtualization Expert.

For more information on the senior leadership team, contact the OIG Public Affairs Office.