Inspector General of the Department of State

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Inspector General of the
United States Department of State
U.S. Department of State official seal.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Steve A. Linick

since September 30, 2013
Reports toUnited States Secretary of State
Inaugural holderRaymond C. Miller
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Inspector General of the Department of State heads the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of State and is responsible for detecting and investigating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the United States Department of State. In the Department, the Inspector General has a rank equivalent to Assistant Secretary.[1][2]

List of Inspectors General of the Department of State and the Foreign Service[edit]

Name Assumed Office Left Office President served under
Raymond C. Miller November 19, 1957 October 31, 1960 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Gerald A. Drew November 13, 1960 May 31, 1962 Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy
Norris S. Haselton June 10, 1962 July 31, 1964 John F. Kennedy
Fraser Wilkins July 23, 1964 August 8, 1971 John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon
Thomas W. McElhiney July 1, 1971 July 18, 1973 Richard Nixon
James S. Sutterlin October 15, 1973 August 31, 1974 Richard Nixon
William E. Schaufele, Jr. April 16, 1975 November 29, 1975 Gerald Ford
Robert M. Sayre November 25, 1975 May 1, 1978 Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter
Theodore L. Eliot, Jr. July 5, 1978 October 16, 1978 Jimmy Carter
Robert C. Brewster January 15, 1979 January 18, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Robert L. Brown July 7, 1981 June 30, 1983 Ronald Reagan
William Caldwell Harrop December 12, 1983 August 27, 1986 Ronald Reagan
Sherman M. Funk August 14, 1987 February 15, 1994 Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton
Jacquelyn L. Williams-Bridgers April 7, 1995 January 31, 2001 Bill Clinton
Clark Ervin August 3, 2001 January 23, 2003 George W. Bush
Howard Krongard May 2, 2005 January 15, 2008 George W. Bush
Steve A. Linick September 30, 2013[3] Incumbent Barack Obama and Donald Trump

Vacancy during Clinton tenure[edit]

Throughout the tenure of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, there was no permanent inspector general at the State Department. Moreover, President Barack Obama did not nominate anyone for that position while she was Secretary.[4]


  1. ^ "Assistant Secretaries and Equivalent Rank". January 20, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Department Organization Chart". March 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "Steve A. Linick, Inspector General". U.S. Department of State. September 30, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Tau, Byron and Nicholas, Peter. ""State Department Lacked Top Watchdog During Hillary Clinton Tenure", Wall Street Journal (March 24, 2015).

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