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Meet the IG

Joseph V. Cuffari was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General on July 25, 2019.  Dr. Cuffari previously served as the policy advisor for Military and Veterans Affairs for Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona, and previously for Governor Jan Brewer.  He served more than 40 years in the United States Air Force, on active duty in the Reserves, and in the Arizona Air National Guard.  He began his military service after graduating from high school and enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1977.  He served in a variety of leadership positions with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) as well as with the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  He was a Commander with the AFOSI at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; England Air Force Base, Louisiana; and Naples, Italy, with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  In 1989, he received the AFOSI Outstanding Officer of the Year Award.  He also served for more than 20 years in the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a multitude of roles dating back to 1993.  In 2013, he retired from his position as Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Office of the Inspector General in Tucson, Arizona.  In other capacities, he has augmented the United States Senate and House Intelligence Committees and the DOJ Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development.  Dr. Cuffari earned a Ph.D. in philosophy and M.A. degrees in management.  He received a B.S. degree in business administration & management information systems from the University of Arizona.

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