Thomas Ullom is the Acting Inspector General for USAID, providing executive leadership and direction for OIG’s oversight of USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, U.S. African Development Foundation, and Inter-American Foundation. Mr. Ullom also works with the Inspectors General of the Department of State and the Department of Defense to coordinate oversight activities under the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations framework. He leads an office of over 300 special agents, auditors, analysts, and support staff working from 13 offices worldwide to promote integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness in U.S foreign assistance programs and operations.
Prior to assuming his role as Acting Inspector General, Mr. Ullom served as the Deputy Inspector General for USAID for more than 2 years. In this capacity, Mr. Ullom assisted the Inspector General in providing overall direction for and management of the office, but also in supervising the executive staff responsible for OIG’s audit and investigative portfolios, as well as its legal, management, and support functions. During his tenure as the Deputy Inspector General, Mr. Ullom oversaw leadership transition and reorganizations in the Offices of Investigations and Management. Mr. Ullom elevated OIG’s focus on process improvement and identified operational priorities for organizational development. Under his guidance, OIG conducted critical internal reviews to ensure quality control, resulting in successful external peer reviews that highlighted best practices for use across the oversight community.
Mr. Ullom has more than 25 years of federal law enforcement and leadership experience, conducting and supervising investigations related to complex white-collar corruption, domestic and international narcotics crimes, and employee misconduct. Prior to joining USAID OIG, Mr. Ullom served as Special Agent-in-Charge for the U.S. Department of Transportation OIG, leading a team of Special Agents and Assistant Special Agents-in-Charge in the office’s Chicago Regional Investigations unit, conducting criminal, civil, and administrative investigations related to fraud, safety, and hazardous materials in U.S.-funded transportation programs and systems. He has also served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal for the U.S. Marshals Service, Northern District of Illinois; as a Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Detroit Field Division; and as Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Education OIG, Chicago Field Office.
Work conducted under Mr. Ullom’s leadership has led to more than $1 billion in criminal and civil penalties. Mr. Ullom has instructed on fraud, leadership, and ethics, and has an extensive track record of enabling constructive collaboration across oversight units. Throughout his career, Mr. Ullom has cultivated productive relationships with key external stakeholders across the oversight and foreign affairs communities and with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Ullom earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University. In 2017, he was honored as the College of Health and Human Services’ Alumni Award Recipient.