David C. Williams (inspector general)

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David Williams
David C. Williams official photo.jpg
Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service
In office
September 13, 2018 – April 30, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJames Bilbray (2014)
Succeeded byVacant
Inspector General of the Postal Service
In office
August 20, 2003 – February 19, 2016
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byKarla Corcoran
Succeeded byTammy Whitcomb
Inspector General of Department of Housing and Urban Development
In office
July 16, 2001 – May 20, 2002
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJames Heist (Acting)
Succeeded byKenneth Donohue
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
In office
May 17, 1999 – August 24, 2002
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byLawrence Rogers (Acting)
Succeeded byPamela Gardiner (Acting)
Inspector General of the United States Department of the Treasury
In office
October 26, 1998 – May 17, 1999
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byRichard Calahan (Acting)
Succeeded byLawrence Rogers (Acting)
Inspector General of the Social Security Administration
In office
January 4, 1996 – June 22, 1998
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJune Gibbs Brown
Succeeded byJames Huse
Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
In office
November 22, 1989 – September 1, 1995
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byLeo Norton (Acting)
Personal details
Born1947 (age 73–74)
Granite City, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyIndependent
EducationSouthern Illinois University, Edwardsville (BA)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (MA)

David C. Williams was the vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service from September 13, 2018 to April 30, 2020,[1] and served as Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Postal Service, in the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, from 2003 to 2016.[2][3]


Following a tour of military duty in Vietnam; Williams joined the United States Secret Service, and was assigned to President Ronald Reagan's Commission on Organized Crime, then led the Office of Special Investigations at the General Accounting Office (since renamed the Government Accountability Office), prior to his confirmation as Inspector General for various federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration, Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as vice chair of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board.[4]

After Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Assistant Inspector General David P. Weber alleged improper conduct by SEC Inspector General David Kotz in the investigation of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, Williams was brought in to conduct an independent, outside review of Kotz's alleged improper conduct in 2012.[5] The Williams Report questioned Kotz's work on the Madoff investigation, because Kotz was a "very good friend" with Markopolos.[6][7] Although investigators were not able to determine when Kotz and Markopolos became friends, the Report concluded that it would have violated U.S. ethics rules if their relationship began before or during Kotz's investigation of Madoff.[6][8]

In June 2013, Williams criticized the Postal Service's real estate contract with CBRE, a multinational real estate company, citing "conflict of interest concerns."[9]


  1. ^ Marshall, Thomas J. (May 4, 2020). USPS Form 8-K (PDF) (Report). Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "David C. Williams: Inspector General, United States Postal Service". UUSPS Office of Inspector General. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "From innovation to Monty Python: An interview with the U.S. Postal Service's inspector general". The Washington Post. February 24, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  4. ^ "David C. Williams Vice Chairman, USPS Board of Governors"; "About" USPS.
  5. ^ Schmidt, Robert (January 25, 2013). "SEC Said to Back Hire of U.S. Capitol Police Inspector General". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Robert Schmidt & Joshua Gallu (October 26, 2012). "Former SEC Watchdog Kotz Violated Ethics Rules, Review Finds". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "David Kotz, Ex-SEC Inspector General, May Have Had Conflicts Of Interest". Huffington Post. October 5, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  8. ^ Sarah N. Lynch (November 15, 2012). "David Weber Lawsuit: Ex-SEC Investigator Accused Of Wanting To Carry A Gun At Work, Suing For $20 Million". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  9. ^ Byrne, Peter (September 18, 2013). "Going Postal: The husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein has been selling post offices to his friends, cheap". East Bay Express. Retrieved September 21, 2013.

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