How to Protect $8 Trillion in Public Spending

Earl Devaney
Earl Devaney

Earl E. Devaney, inspector general for the Department of the Interior, will deliver a lecture titled “How to Protect $800,000,000,000 in Public Spending: Oversight of the Stimulus Package,” on Thursday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m., in the Dwight Lounge in the Bristol Center at Hamilton. His lecture is part of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center’s Security program and is free and open to the public.

Devaney has served as the inspector general for the Department of the Interior since August 1999. He has transformed the Office of Inspector General into an innovative organization dedicated not only to detecting fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement within the Department of the Interior, but also to assist the Department in identifying and implementing new and better ways of conducting business. Armed with a philosophy that blends cooperation with strong oversight and enforcement, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of the Interior has made significant advances under his leadership and vision.

Devaney began his law enforcement career in 1968 as a police officer in his native state of Massachusetts. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in 1970 with a degree in government, he became a special agent with the United States Secret Service. At the time of his retirement from the Secret Service in 1991, Devaney was serving as the special agent-in-charge of the Fraud Division and had become an internationally recognized white collar crime expert regularly sought by major media including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and CNN. During his tenure with the Secret Service, Devaney was the recipient of five U.S. Department of Treasury Special AchievementAwards and numerous honors and awards from a wide variety of professional organizations.

Upon leaving the Secret Service, he became the director of criminal enforcement for the U.S. Environment Protection Agency. In this position, he oversaw all of EPA's criminal investigators and assumed management responsibility for EPA's Forensics Service Center and the National Enforcement Training Institute.

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