Starting Out

Offices Of Inspectors General Offer Career Alternatives

By Patrick J. Hegarty, CFE, CPA. Edited by Colin May, CFE, and Mark F. Zimbelman, Ph.D., CPA, Educator Associate Member

As the New Year begins, many anti-fraud professionals and graduating students will begin to think about their job prospects. In this column, Special Agent Patrick Hegarty, CFE, CPA, outlines the career opportunities with the U.S. federal inspectors general (IG). IG investigators, auditors, and program analysts play critical roles in the efficient use of taxpayer funds and the prevention, identification, and investigation of fraud, waste, and abuse in federal programs.

If you're interested in applying your accounting and anti-fraud skills in an exciting environment, a career as a U.S. federal criminal investigator could be right for you. You might not be aware of the opportunities. Naturally, most of you would like to consider special agent (SA) positions with the larger law enforcement agencies such as the FBI or the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) because they're well-known and storied organizations. These agencies provide fascinating opportunities, but SA careers with IG offices are equally rewarding.

When you explore your options, educate yourself on the IGs and study the subtle differences among the federal law enforcement agencies.

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