Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations

Linda A. Halliday
Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations

Linda A. Halliday was appointed Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations in April 2012 after serving nearly 4 years as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations. As Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations for the Federal government’s second largest cabinet department, she directs the Inspector General’s national audit and evaluation program, encompassing a network of geographically dispersed field and headquarters staff. She formulates audit policies, programs, plans, and special initiatives within the framework of relevant legislation, policy, regulations, budget, and administration. She upholds a strong commitment and advocacy to serve veterans and to ensuring their needs are consistently met by driving positive changes needed to address a broad range of systemic problems.

Working in varied and progressively more responsible positions for 30 years of public service, Ms. Halliday has worked at the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Service, and the Defense Contract Audit Agency. She has spearheaded major oversight initiatives to improve the timeliness, accuracy, and consistency of veterans medical disability rating decisions, which in FY 2015 account for almost $80 billion in annual Government entitlement spending. She has extensive experience reviewing mission-critical systems and VA initiatives; performed numerous reviews of VA programs, major information technology projects, and systems; and addressed highly sensitive allegations of mismanagement in these departments. Further, she has testified before congressional committees over 30 times since her appointment as a Senior Executive including the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, Senate and House Oversight Committees, and a number of congressional subcommittees. She began her VA career managing financial management activities at the VA Medical Centers in East Orange, NJ, and Brooklyn, NY. She also gained experience working in private sector businesses, serving primarily as a Chief Financial Officer.

Ms. Halliday holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport (CT). She also completed the VA’s Executive Leadership Program, the Federal Executive Institute’s Executive Development Program, and American University’s Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program in the School of Public Affairs. In FY 2015, Ms. Halliday began completing executive development course work at the Harvard Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA. The course work includes Leadership Best Practices and Leadership Decision Making: Optimizing Organizational Leadership. She holds professional certifications as a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Cost Analyst, and Level III Contracting Officer.