WASHINGTON- Public Printer Bill Boarman appoints Rodolfo "Rudy" Ramirez, Jr., as interim Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Ramirez will oversee the agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG), which provides an independent and objective means of keeping the Public Printer and Congress informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration and operations of GPO. He will serve in an interim capacity while a search for a new Inspector General is conducted.
Ramirez brings to the office twenty-five years of accomplishments while serving as a Special Agent, Criminal Investigator, Supervisor, and Senior Manager for the Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. Department of Justice, including service as country attaché to the U.S. ambassadors of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras for international narcotic matters, and assistant country attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Ramirez also served as Assistant Special Agent-In-Charge for the Detroit, MI, Division, where he oversaw more than 300 employees and major drug trafficking investigations in three states. Additionally, Ramirez was senior inspector for the DEA Office of Professional Responsibility, where he supervised and investigated allegations of misconduct by DEA employees, and senior manager of the DEA Board of Professional Conduct, which reviewed and evaluated all integrity and misconduct allegations involving DEA employees.
Following his service at DEA, Ramirez worked for seven years as senior corporate security representative for American Airlines, where he was responsible for conducting criminal and internal administrative investigations that included drug smuggling, bomb threats, credit card fraud, counterfeit tickets, mail theft, and employee theft. For the last decade, Ramirez has been involved in investigations for security clearances for Federal Government agencies including the Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security. He was involved in the investigations that resulted in hiring 6,000 Border Patrol agents in 2008. Ramirez is a graduate of St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX. He also attended St. Mary's University Law School and the University of Southern California's School of Public Administration.
"Rudy Ramirez brings a wealth of investigative knowledge and experience to the Office of Inspector General," said Public Printer Bill Boarman. "His background and expertise will be a great asset to GPO in detecting and preventing waste, fraud, and abuse and providing recommendations in strengthening efficiency for the agency's operations."