Assistant Inspector General for Investigations

Jeffrey G. Hughes
Assistant Inspector General for Investigations

Jeffrey Hughes was appointed as the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations in June 2017. As the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations for the second largest Federal cabinet department, he directs the efforts of the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) criminal and administrative investigation divisions nationwide. He is responsible for the coordination of investigations across seven Field Offices and 29 Resident Agency offices comprised of 279 agents and other specialized staff. The Office of Investigations deters criminal activity, fraud, waste, and abuse directed at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Office of Investigations actively looks at illegal activities such as drug diversion, contracting fraud, ealthcare fraud, benefits fraud, fugitive felons, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business fraud, and assaults and threats made against VA employees. In addition, the Office of Investigations conducts administrative investigation into alleged wronging doing by VA employees.

Jeffrey has a total of 29 years' experience in federal law enforcement. Prior to his appointment as the Acting Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, he served for 11 years as the Special Agent in Charge of the OIG's Northeast Field Office, in Newark, New Jersey. In that position, he was responsible for managing a staff of 27 people, assigned to 5 Resident Agency offices, covering 9 states and 18 U.S. Attorney's Offices. Under his direction, the Northeast Field Office was the first OIG Field Office to conduct an investigation of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business fraud that resulted in a successful prosecution.

He has led criminal investigations resulting in some of the most significant and largest Qui Tam settlements, one of which was a $762 million settlement; the single largest criminal and civil fraud penalty involving a biotechnology company in United States history. He was also responsible for directing a suspicious death investigation that led to the conviction of a VA nurse for first-degree murder in the deaths of three veterans and second-degree murder in the death of a fourth veteran. Throughout his career with the OIG, Jeffrey has been recognized for leading teams that achieved exceptional results, including the Inspector General Outstanding Initiative Award, the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Team Award, and a Council of the Inspectors June 2017 General for Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence in Investigations. Under his direction, the Northeast Field Office realized over $4 billion in total monetary recoveries.

Jeffrey also held the position of Resident Agent in Charge of the OIG Newark Resident Agency for 10 years prior to his selection as the Special Agent in Charge.

Prior to his work with the OIG, Jeffrey served as a Special Agent with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Defense Investigative Service, where he investigated contract and procurement fraud, Anti-Trust violations, theft, bribery, kickbacks, embezzlement, wire and mail fraud, financial crimes, and security clearance background investigations. Jeffrey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware, in Newark, Delaware, and attended the Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society in 2007.

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