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Phyllis K. Fong

Inspector General
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Phyllis K. Fong was sworn in as Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on December 2, 2002.  Ms. Fong was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.   

As Inspector General (IG), Ms. Fong is the senior official responsible for audits, investigations, and other oversight activities relating to USDA’s programs and operations.  The Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides leadership in promoting economy and effectiveness in USDA programs and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse.  Ms. Fong’s priorities as IG have been to focus OIG’s resources on the protection of public health and safety related to USDA’s mission and operations, and to improve the management and financial integrity of the Department’s programs.

In November 2008, Ms. Fong was elected by the Inspector General community as the first Chairperson of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), an independent agency established by Congress in the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008.  CIGIE’s members include 72 Federal Inspectors General, and its mission is to promote economy and effectiveness in Federal programs through coordinated Governmentwide activitiesShe served for three terms as CIGIE Chair, concluding her tenure in December 2014.  Ms. Fong is a member of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, established by Congress to oversee Federal spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The Board’s responsibilities include oversight of disaster relief funds for Hurricane Sandy.

In February 2014, Ms. Fong received the “Distinguished Federal Leadership Award” from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).   The AGA award recognizes an elected or presidentially-appointed Federal official who exemplifies and promotes excellence in government management, and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in enhancing sound financial management practices and policies.  Additionally, Ms. Fong was recognized in March 2014 as one of the ‘Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing’ by the American Center for Government Auditing of the Institute of Internal Auditors. 

Prior to her appointment at USDA, Ms. Fong was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Inspector General of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  Ms. Fong served as SBA’s Inspector General from April 1999 until December 2002.  A career member of the Senior Executive Service, she held several senior management positions at SBA OIG.    

Ms. Fong was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. degree in Asian studies and earned her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.  Ms. Fong is a member of the Tennessee and District of Columbia bars.  She and her husband have two children.











Last Modified: 02/11/2015



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