Michael J. Missal - Inspector General

The Honorable Michael J. Missal was confirmed as the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by the Senate on April 19, 2016. He was sworn in as Inspector General on May 2, 2016.

As Inspector General, Mr. Missal guides a diverse staff of more than 1,100 auditors, investigators, inspectors, data analysts, lawyers, and other personnel across the nation with a broad range of expertise. They collaborate to carry out the OIG’s mission of meaningful independent oversight of VA. His office sets the direction for investigations to prevent and detect criminal activity, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. He also advances audits, inspections, reviews, and evaluations that promote economy, efficiency, and accountability in VA programs and operations. Mr. Missal serves as the chair of the Investigations Committee of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and is a member of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, CIGIE’s Executive Council, and the Government Accountability Office’s Domestic Working Group. He routinely testifies before Congress and briefs VA senior leaders, other federal oversight officials, and veterans service organizations on issues critical to the veteran community. 

Before his appointment as Inspector General, Mr. Missal had been a partner at a global law firm, where he served as a member of its management committee and as coleader for the policy and regulatory practice area. Mr. Missal has also served as senior counsel at the US Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Enforcement. Prior to that, Mr. Missal served as a law clerk for Chief Judge H. Carl Moultrie I of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. 

Mr. Missal received a bachelor of science with special attainments in commerce from Washington and Lee University in 1978 and a juris doctorate from the Catholic University of America in 1982.

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