Hon. Joseph E. Schmitz

Inspector General U.S. Department of Defense ret

Inspector General U.S. Department of Defense ret

Joseph E. Schmitz served as the fifth Senate-confirmed Inspector General of the Department of Defense from April 2002 to September 2005. As such, he was agency head of the most expansive Inspector General organization in the world, with statutory policy oversight responsibility for roughly 60,000 auditors, investigators, inspectors, law enforcement officers, and oversight professionals throughout the United States Department of Defense. Prior to that, he was a Partner in the international law firm of Patton Boggs LLP and at the same time, as a Captain in the United States Naval Reserves, served as Inspector General of the Naval Reserve Intelligence Command. He has extensive experience in overseeing compliance with various international and security-related laws, including but not limited to the Inspector General Act, the Government Performance Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), the Intelligence Oversight laws, the Posse Comitatus Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and laws administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP). From September 2005 through December 2008, Mr. Schmitz served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the Prince Group in McLean, Virginia. Starting in January 2009, Mr. Schmitz has been serving as Managing Director in the Washington D.C. Office of Freeh Group International. His pre-Inspector General public service included: 27 years naval service, first on active duty and then as a reserve officer; law clerk to the Honorable James L. Buckley, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; and Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, the Honorable Edwin Meese III. Mr. Schmitz has published numerous articles, presented lectures, testified as a constitutional expert before the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs and Judiciary Committees, and in 2008 completed a first-ever textbook manuscript, “Inspector General at War: Case Studies in Ethical and Transparent Accountability.” From 1995 until 2002, he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he developed and taught a seminar on advanced Constitutional Law. Mr. Schmitz graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and received his J.D. degree from Stanford University in 1986. He is a member of the International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General.



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