April 1, 2019, the Department of Defense Inspector General underwent a reorganization of the evaluation components; Intelligence and Special Program Assessments, Policy and Oversight, and Special Plans and Operations were merged into the Evaluations Component. Michael J. Roark was named the Deputy Inspector General for this new component. Mr. Roark has served with the Department of Defense Inspector General since June 2000 in a variety of staff and leadership positions, becoming a member of the Senior Executive Service on September 21, 2014.
On April 23, 2018, Mr. Roark was designated as the Acting Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence and Special Program Assessments (ISPA). ISPA provides oversight across the full spectrum of programs, policies, procedures and functions of the Intelligence and counterintelligence enterprises, special access programs, nuclear enterprise and related security issues within the Department of Defense
On January 1, 2018, Mr. Roark became the Assistant Inspector General for Readiness and Global Operations. The RGO directorate conducts audits related to the development and oversight of activities associated with peacetime, contingency, and warfighting readiness levels. RGO has field offices in Tampa, Florida; Philadelphia, PA; Oahu, Hawaii; Stuttgart, Germany; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan; Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar; and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
On September 21, 2014, Mr. Roark became the Assistant Inspector General for the Contract Management and Payments (CMP) Directorate. The CMP directorate conducts audits of contract management, payments, and contingency contracting. CMP has field offices in Columbus, Ohio; Yorktown, Virginia; Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan; Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar; and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Michael has also served on the planning team supporting the Lead Inspector General for overseas contingency operations.
On July 2, 2013, Mr. Roark became the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for the Readiness and Cyber Operations (RCO) Directorate. The RCO directorate conducted audits of current operations in Afghanistan, Combatant Command operations, and joint capabilities. Notable RCO audits included fielding a cyber-career force, retrograde of cargo in Afghanistan, military construction projects, transferring medical records to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and operations in U.S. Africa Command.
From August 11, 2011, to July 1, 2013, Mr. Roark served as the Director, Joint and Southwest Asia Operations (JSAO) Directorate. The JSAO directorate conducted audits of DoD operations in Afghanistan, Southwest Asia, and the Combatant Commands. The directorate consisted of audit teams in Tampa and Virginia, as well as forward deployed audit teams to field offices in Afghanistan and Qatar. Notable JSAO audits included projects on military construction in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan retrograde, civil-military operations in U.S. Africa Command, Combatant Command disaster relief operations, and Information Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr. Roark obtained his undergraduate degree in business from Virginia Tech and master’s degree in policy management from Georgetown University. In 2004, he completed a detail assignment to the Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority Inspector General.