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Michael S. Child, Sr.

Deputy Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations


Mr. Michael S. Child, Sr., serves as the Deputy Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations (DIG OCO) in support of the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) who is currently designated as the Lead Inspector General (Lead IG) for six overseas contingency operations (OCOs): Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR); Freedom's Sentinel (OFS); Operation Pacific Eagle-Philippines (OPE-P); Northwest and East Africa OCOs; and Operation Yukon Journey (OYJ).

Through delegated authority of the Lead IG, Mr. Child ensures that all requirements of Section 8L, IG Act, are executed. Those responsibilities include developing and carrying out a Joint Strategic Oversight Plan (JSOP) for each OCO, and issuing Lead IG quarterly reports to Congress on each OCO, and posting those reports on the IG website for public review. The JSOPs and Lead IG quarterly reports are the combined work of the IGs for the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. On behalf of the Lead IG, Mr. Child also publishes the annual Comprehensive Oversight Plan for Overseas Contingency Operations (COP-OCO), which includes the JSOPs of each continuing OCO, and all planned, ongoing, and completed oversight projects of the Federal and Service oversight agencies.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Child served as Deputy Inspector General for Southwest Asia (DIG-SWA) from October 2012 through December 2014. In that capacity, he deployed to Afghanistan for 20 months, tasked with coordinating all DoD OIG activities with the deployed commands. Mr. Child concurrently served as Chair of the Southwest Asia Joint Planning Group (SWA-JPG). As Chair, he conducted quarterly meetings of the Federal and Service oversight agencies completing work in SWA, identifying duplicative projects and gaps in oversight coverage. Mr. Child continues in the role of Chair, for the re-named OCO JPG.

Mr. Child entered the Senior Executive Service on August 30, 2008, serving as Assistant Inspector General for Administrative Investigations. In May 2009, he was selected as Chief of Staff for the DoD OIG, serving in that position until he became the DIG-SWA.

Prior to working for the DoD OIG, Mr. Child served as an Army Judge Advocate, retiring at the rank of Colonel. Significant Army assignments included: Chief, Criminal Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General; Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command; Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; and, Chief, Army Judge Advocate Recruiting. Mr. Child was also detailed to the U.S. Department of Justice for six years, prosecuting and litigating DoD procurement fraud cases. He first served as a criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, and later as a trial attorney at Main Justice, Commercial Litigation Branch (Fraud).

Mr. Child earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of San Diego, and his Master of Laws degree from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va. He also holds two Master’s Degrees in National Security Studies and Public Policy Management from Georgetown University.