Daniel R. Levinson has headed the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since September 8, 2004. HHS is among the largest departments in the federal government, encompassing Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, food and drug safety, welfare, child and family services, disease prevention, Indian health, and mental health services. It also exercises leadership responsibilities in public health emergency preparedness and combating bio-terrorism.
As Inspector General, Levinson is the senior official responsible for audits, evaluations, investigations, and law enforcement efforts, relating to HHS programs and operations. He manages an independent and objective nationwide organization of over 1500 professional staff members dedicated to promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in HHS programs and addressing fraud, waste, and abuse.
In the wider government accountability community, Levinson serves on the Executive Council of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, where he chairs the Committee on Inspection and Evaluation. He also is a member of the Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board. He previously served as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Public Inquiry.
Levinson has devoted most of his career to government service. Prior to his appointment at HHS, he served as Inspector General of the U. S. General Services Administration, where he oversaw the integrity of the federal civilian procurement process. Earlier in his career, he served as Chairman of the U. S. Merit Systems Protection Board, where he oversaw the integrity of the federal civilian personnel system and adjudicated a wide range of personnel appeals pursuant to the Civil Service Reform Act.
Levinson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California, and earned a J. D. from Georgetown University, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of The American Criminal Law Review. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from The George Washington University. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the California, New York, and District of Columbia Bars.