Inspector General of the House
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) was established in 1992 under House Rule 2. The OIG’s mission is to provide recommendations for improving the performance, accountability, and integrity of House financial, administrative, and technology-based operations by performing independent audit, advisory, and investigative services in a nonpartisan manner. In collaboration with the Committee on House Administration, the OIG continues to do its part to contribute to a more effective and efficient House support structure by identifying and helping mitigate significant risks to the House; highlighting opportunities for improving the efficiency of House operations; and serving as a constructive critic, helpful advisor, and positive change agent.
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Theresa M. Grafenstine, Inspector General U.S. House of Representatives
In 2010, the Honorable Theresa M. Grafenstine was named the Inspector General of the U.S. House of Representatives (House), having been unanimously appointed by the House Speaker, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader. Over the past twenty-four years, she has served in the Inspector General community in both the legislative and executive branches of the US Government. As the Inspector General, she is responsible for planning and leading independent, non-partisan audits, advisories, and investigations of the financial and administrative functions of the House. Prior to joining the House, Grafenstine served at the Department of Defense (DoD) OIG, where she led acquisition audits of major weapon systems and was selected to respond to high-profile Congressional audit requests.
She is also an active volunteer in support of the information technology, governance, internal auditing, and accounting professions. Ms. Grafenstine currently serves as on the board of directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). With over 400,000 members, the AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession. Ms. Grafenstine is also the Vice-Chairman of the international board of directors of ISACA, a global association with over 140,000 members in the IT audit, governance, security and risk profession. She also provides financial oversight as the audit committee chairman of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union, which has over $20 billion in assets and 1.3 million members.
She has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Golden Gov Federal Executive of the Year and, most recently, the 2015 John W. Lainhart IV Common Body of Knowledge Award and the 2014 John Kuyers Best Speaker/Conference Contributor Award from ISACA.
Ms. Grafenstine is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology (CGEIT), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Ms. Grafenstine received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.