Assistant Inspector General for Audit

Thomas Yatsco
Assistant Inspector General for Audit
U.S. Agency for International Development

Thomas Yatsco serves as the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) for Audit for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Inspector General (OIG). As AIG, Mr. Yatsco reports to the Deputy Inspector General, and is responsible for supervising all audit activities and operational procedures relating to the efficiency and effectiveness of foreign assistance programs.

Mr. Yatsco has held key positions across the accountability community, most recently as AIG for Audits at the Smithsonian Institution’s OIG. In this role, he had oversight responsibility for the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries, 20 libraries, nine research centers, the National Zoo, and 199 affiliate museums in 44 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama. As the AIG for Audits, he was responsible for providing oversight on a variety of performance, information technology, and financial engagements. Before that, he spent over nine years at the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) OIG, where he was an Audit Director and eventually a Senior Executive serving as an AIG in the Surface Transportation Division, which conducted performance audits of programs that comprised three quarters of DOT's budget. At DOT, he led efforts related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Hurricane Sandy relief, 9/11 reconstruction in New York, high-profile bus and truck crashes, and the deadly accidents involving the collapses of a tunnel in Boston’s “Big Dig” project and an Interstate bridge in Minneapolis.

Mr. Yatsco also spent 8 years at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and held increasingly responsible positions there. He either led or made key contributions on audits on topics that ranged from veterans and military health care reform to District of Columbia finances and governance challenges to government performance indicator systems. While at GAO, he also had the opportunity to conduct international work in several countries, U.S. defense commands, and the European Union. He lives in Washington, DC.