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Rachel M. Hart

Rachel M. Hart
Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy

Rachel M. Hart is the Director for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy (IGCIA). She directly oversees Program Managers in the development, coordination, management, and delivery of training programs to members of the Inspector General community, primarily federal law enforcement officers. Hart has direct oversight of eighteen training programs, ranging from programs focused on delivering basic investigative skills to new federal agents, to more advanced training in public corruption investigations and undercover operations. She also oversees training programs focused on interviewing, internal affairs, financial fraud, and whistleblower reprisal investigations.

Prior to her current role, Hart spent two years as a Program Manager for the IGCIA, coordinating and managing training programs. She also spent 22 years in federal law enforcement conducting program fraud and employee misconduct investigations as a Special Agent for the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG); the Department of Justice, OIG; and the Department of Agriculture, OIG. Hart’s program fraud investigations resulted in dozens of criminal convictions and millions of dollars in restitution. Her employee misconduct investigations resulted in numerous criminal convictions of law enforcement officers for misconduct, including bribery and excessive use of force.

Hart was the recipient of several awards throughout her career, including the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for work as a first responder during Hurricane Katrina. She also earned two Integrity Awards for work related to two multimillion-dollar health care fraud investigations. Hart was also a two-time recipient of CIGIE awards related to two multimillion-dollar investigations concerning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and a Rural Development loan fraud investigation. Hart earned multiple commendations throughout her career, including from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, the CIGIE Training Institute, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development - OIG.

Hart obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from North Dakota State University and worked as an auditor prior to beginning her law enforcement career.