U.S. Department of State
BIOGRAPHY

Jacquelyn L. Williams-Bridgers
Inspector General

Jacquelyn L. Williams-Bridgers was sworn in as Inspector General of the State Department and the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency on April 7, 1995. Effective April 26, 1996, she became the Inspector General for the United States Information Agency, including the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Ms. Williams-Bridgers began her career in the federal audit and evaluation community in 1978. Between 1978 and 1975, she held a variety of positions with the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). Most recently at GAO, Ms. Williams-Bridgers served as Associate Director for Housing and Community Development Issues where she directed evalua Development, the Small Business Administration, and the Federal Director for Surface Transportation Infrastructure Issues where she led evaluations of highway, bridge and mass transit programs, and analyses of intermodal transportation policies. She has represented GAO as the key witness at numerous congressional hearings. In the midst of her years of service in the legislative branch, she left GAO for one year between 1983 and 1984 to join the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General, Fraud Control Division.

Ms. Williams-Bridgers was one of ten federal government employees from across the nation in 1994 to be awarded the distinguished Arthur S. Flemming Award. She was a recipient of GAO's Meritorious Service Award in 1992, and numerous other distinguished honors in GAO and throughout her years of employment there.

Born on February 27, 1956, Ms. Williams-Bridgers is a native Washingtonian. She is an alumna of Syracuse University, graduating in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 1978 with a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs and Citzenship. In June of 1996, Southeastern University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for her most recent contributions to the foreign affairs community.

She and her husband, Daniel Bridgers, have a son and a daughter.

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