More than 85 individuals and groups were recognized last week for their accomplishments within the inspectors general community.
The 15th Annual Inspector General Community Awards Ceremony was hosted by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency at the Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
“Today we honor those in our community who have distinguished themselves in their endeavors and who have contributed to the well-being on the Nation,” wrote Phyllis Fong, chair of the council, and Carl Clinefelter, the council’s vice chair, in the ceremony’s program. “In so many ways, our community of dedicated people touches the life of every American every day – from meeting such basic human needs as food, shelter, and medical care; to creating a strong economy and infrastructure with access to education, arts and science; to strengthening America’s position at home and abroad.”
This year, the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Inspector General community and marks a significant achievement in improving the integrity, efficiency and effectiveness of Executive Branch agency operations, was given to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Deepwater Horizon Interdisciplinary Audit, Evaluation and Legal Team in light of their contributions to the improvement of protecting the environment from oil spills.
Other award recipients included the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Office of Inspector General Investigative Team for their work in apprehending a child pornography suspect and the team’s dedication to duty involving life-threatening violence during service of a search warrant, the Small Business Administration’s Office of Inspector General Operation Five Acres Investigation Team for their work in investigating and prosecuting a large-scale bribery and bid-steering scheme, and the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General Exposure to Sodium Dichromate at Qarmat Ali Team for their work in addressing Congressional concerns involving efforts to provide health care access for Defense Department personnel exposed to sodium dichromate at Qarmat Ali, Iraq.