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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 in support of the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) who is currently designated as the Lead Inspector General (Lead IG) for two overseas contingency operations (OCOs), Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR) and Freedom's Sentinel (OFS), under Section 8L of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended.

Through delegated authority of the Lead IG, Mr. Child ensures that all requirements of Section 8L, IG Act, are executed.  In addition he shoulders the responsibility for the congressionally mandated publication of eight quarterly OIR and OFS reports per year.  In addition he is responsible for developing, in coordination with the DoD OIG oversight components, their DoS and USAID OIG counterparts, and other oversight partners, the joint strategic oversight plans (JSOPs) for OIR and OFS, published annually for the Lead IG in DIG OCO's Comprehensive Oversight Plan for Overseas Contingency Operations (COP-OCO).

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 DoD OIG activities there. Mr. Child concurrently served as Chairman of the Southwest Asia Joint Planning Group (SWA-JPG). In that role, he conducted quarterly meetings of SWA-JPG agencies, identifying duplicative projects and gaps in oversight coverage. He also published the Congressionally-mandated annual Comprehensive Oversight Plan for Southwest Asia, which indexed all ongoing, planned, and completed oversight projects conducted by SWA-JPG agencies. In his current capacity, Mr. Child will continue serving as SWA-JPG chairman and COPSWA publisher.

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, 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.

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.