Counselor to the Inspector General

Christopher A. Wilber
Counselor to the Inspector General

Mr. Wilber currently serves as Counselor to the Inspector General, a position to which he was appointed in June 2017. In this role, he advises the Inspector General on all legal and policy matters affecting OIG programs; provides legal advice and support in the conduct of OIG investigations, audits, inspections, and other initiatives; oversees all litigation affecting the OIG, including employee relations matters; and represents the OIG with external groups, including VA officials and the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. Mr. Wilber also oversees the Office of Information Release, which is responsible for FOIA and Privacy Act compliance, and Employee Relations.

Prior to joining the OIG, Mr. Wilber was an investigations and litigation partner in the Washington, DC, offices of a global law firm. In private practice, Mr. Wilber represented public companies, financial institutions, accounting firms, and individuals in government investigations, corporate internal investigations, securities enforcement and regulatory matters, and related litigation. He has extensive experience in cross-border government enforcement matters and has represented clients in investigations involving the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general, and self-regulatory organizations. As a private lawyer, Mr. Wilber had an active pro bono practice, including representing federal drug offenders in presidential clemency petitions, researching state death penalty and life without parole sentencing laws, and representing migrant farm workers challenging federal overtime pay regulations.

Mr. Wilber is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, and his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Prior to joining the OIG, he had worked in private law practice in Washington, DC, for almost 20 years.

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