Brent A. Penny was appointed Assistant Inspector General for Management and Administration in April 2022. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing comprehensive services throughout the Office of Inspector General (OIG), including operational planning, internal control oversight, training coordination, budgetary formulation and execution, space planning and facilities management, human resources management, information technology, and the oversight and operations of the OIG’s nationwide toll-free hotline.
Mr. Penny previously served as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Administration at General Services Administration Office of Inspector General. He was responsible for providing leadership and direction of programs relating to executive resources, financial management, contracting, facilities and property management, human resources management, and information technology. Prior to that, he was detailed as the acting deputy assistant director of the Research and Development (R&D) directorate at the Defense Health Agency. In this capacity, he led the COVID-19 R&D Task Force to support the government-wide effort for receiving dedicated funding to combat the effects of COVID-19 through vaccine, therapeutic, diagnostic, and other capabilities. He managed and oversaw a research budget of approximately $1.3 billion.
Mr. Penny entered government service in 2015 as the chief of business operations at Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). He was the principal advisor to the DCoE director on all aspects of business operations and administration to include budgeting, contracting, acquisition, internal control, manpower/staffing, agreements, and program assessment. He also oversaw all fiscal integration activities involving an annual, multi-appropriation budget of $137 million. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Penny served as the assistant vice president for Administration and Finance at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for administering the university’s financial operations, safeguarding its assets, and providing leadership to all business and financial functions.
Mr. Penny is a retired Army officer who served combat tours in Panama and Iraq. He served the nation with distinction for 27 years and culminated his service in 2013 retiring at the rank of colonel. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also has master’s degrees in business administration and public administration from Syracuse University. He is a certified government financial manager and certified defense financial manager.