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Last October we posted about the personnel changes at the State Department Office of Inspector General (see New Faces, Old Faces — State Dept Office of Inspector General Gets a Make-Over).
On July 1, 2014, Wesley T. Kilgore was appointed Acting Assistant Inspector General for Investigations. He succeeds Anna S. Gershman who was appointed Assistant IG for Investigations from January 3, 2011 until this year. The official word from OIG when we asked about her departure was: “Ms. Gershman was eligible and retired from federal service.” A side note here — each year, the President recognizes an esteemed group of career Senior Executives and senior career employees with the Presidential Rank Award. In 2013, Ms. Gershman was one of the seven finalist for the State Department (pdf) and the only one from the Office of Inspector General.
The State/OIG website indicates “Bio for Mr. Kilgore pending” but according to his LinkedIn profile, until his appointment Mr. Kilgore has been the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations since December 2011. Prior to coming to State, he was the Director of the U.S. Army CID, Major Fraud Unit. Mr. Kilgore is now the third deputy promoted to head the directorates where prior incumbents departed in the last 12 months.
Norman Brown was appointed Acting Assistant Inspector General for Audits on September 13, 2013. Previous to that appointment, he was the deputy for the Audit directorate. He is no longer in an acting capacity and is now the Assistant IG for Audit. He succeeded Evelyn R. Klemstine who was appointed AIG for Audits in November 2009. State Magazine’s October 2013 issue listed Ms. Klemstine as retired from the Civil Service.
On September 4, 2013, Karen Ouzts was appointed as the new Assistant Inspector General for Administration. She was previously the deputy at State/OIG’s Office of General Counsel. Ms. Ouzts succeeded David M. Yeutter who was appointed as OIG’s Executive Officer on October 2009. Mr. Yeutter is a Foreign Service specialist who presumably returned to a regular assignment in the Foreign Service.
Emilia Di Santo who was appointed Acting Deputy IG on October 1, 2013 remains in that acting position. She succeeded Harold Geisel, the Deputy IG who served as OIG boss for the last five years while the State Department did not have a Senate-confirmed Inspector General.
Robert Peterson is currently serving as Assistant Inspector General for Inspections. He has been assigned to the Department of State’s Office of Inspector General since 1987. He was appointed Assistant Inspector General for Inspections since March 2003 and to-date remains in that position.
It is likely that many more new faces will be joining the office. In addition to recent new hires, the positions for director for Congressional and Public Affairs and the deputy AIG for Middle East Region Operations are still listed as vacant.
- State/OIG Files Report to Congress, Wassup With the In-Depth Review Over CBS News Allegations?
- State/OIG Is Hiring! One Senior Investigative Counsel Wanted for Complex/Sensitive Allegations
- Murders in Juárez …. And What About That State/OIG Report on Diplomatic Security?
- State/OIG on Diplomatic Security’s Special Investigations Division – The Missing Firewall