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Lorigo Announces Retirement
District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi announced today the retirement of Sebastian "Ben" Lorigo as interim deputy chief financial officer for the Office of Tax and Revenue. He was previously the executive director of the Office of Integrity and Oversight.
In announcing Lorigo's retirement, Gandhi said an interim deputy CFO for OTR would be announced at a later date. His retirement is effective January 4, 2008.
"This is something I have accepted with deep regret, but as Ben has been considering retirement for some time, it is not completely unexpected," said Gandhi. "He stayed on beyond his planned retirement date, and for that I will always be extremely grateful."
"It was a privilege and an honor to serve the District, Dr. Gandhi and my colleagues. I had planned to do this for quite some time, and at this important family time of the year, I intend to keep my promise to my family," said Lorigo.
Lorigo came to the OCFO following a distinguished career with federal law enforcement in several agencies, including as a senior executive with the IRS. For 25 years while he worked in government, he also was an adjunct professor at George Washington University.
Attachment: Sebastian (Ben) Lorigo biography
Sebastian (Ben) Lorigo
As the head of OIO, Mr. Lorigo created an audit and investigative organization that is responsible for assuring the integrity, efficiency and effectiveness of the operations of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. OIO audits and reviews cover a wide range of significant financial operations and programs throughout the District Government. OIO investigates alleged misconduct by OCFO employees, conducts background investigations, and performs proactive integrity probes of high-risk areas of OCFO operations.
When Mr. Lorigo joined the Office of the Chief Financial Officer in 1998, he was charged with establishing an integrity program for the OCFO, with specific emphasis on creating an internal security program for the critical programs and operations of the Office of Tax and Revenue. Mr. Lorigo was selected for this position upon his retirement from the Internal Revenue Service where he capped a 30 year career in federal law enforcement in several agencies.
At the IRS, Mr. Lorigo was the senior executive in charge of the IRS Internal Security Division, which was responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Internal Revenue Service, one of the most sensitive and complex organizations in the federal government. In this capacity, Mr. Lorigo managed an annual budget of $20 million and directed a program performed by approximately 500 criminal investigators nationwide. In addition to overseeing investigations of fraud and corruption, he spearheaded the use of advanced computer technology in a coordinated approach by investigators, auditors and technology experts in developing proactive approaches to detect and prevent criminal activity. A recognized leader in the federal investigative community, Mr. Lorigo was responsible for briefing the Vice President on threats to federal tax administration and representing the IRS on integrity and security issues before Congress.
Mr. Lorigo, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Masters in Business Administration, has been active throughout his career in developing professional training courses, both in government and in the academic community. He served on the training committee of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency and was President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Association of Criminal Investigators. A Certified Fraud Examiner, Mr. Lorigo has addressed groups in the U.S. and abroad on fraud and is recognized as an accomplished educator and speaker on that topic.
For over 25 years, Mr. Lorigo was an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he developed and taught courses on forensic accounting and computer fraud. He remains involved in the academic area by serving as an instructor at the USDA Graduate School's Government Audit Training Institute, where he teaches Contract and Procurement Fraud and the Prevention and Detection of Fraud.
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