Ron Stith: Inspector General

Ron StithRonald Stith was selected as the Inspector General for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on June 13, 2016. He leads the Office of Inspector General (OIG), with a mission to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in NEA activities; and to detect and prevent waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. Mr. Stith’s experience includes over 20 years of senior executive experience in the Inspector General Community.

Prior to joining the NEA, Mr. Stith was the Assistant Inspector General for Mission Support at Amtrak and the U.S. Postal Service OIGs. He led teams delivering strategic planning, human resource and performance management, procurement, logistics, real estate, and up to $245 million in budget and finance services supporting up to 1200 employees. As the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit at the Postal Service OIG, Mr. Stith helped the agency identify over $100 million in cost savings and improvements in telecommunications, transportation, inventory, and real estate operations. Mr. Stith also helped the agency revamp its performance management system to focus on the agency mission and goals and ensure that employees’ performance was appropriately rewarded.

As the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit at the Department of the Interior OIG, Mr. Stith led evaluations that helped the agency increase oil and gas revenue from federal lands. During a 9-month detail as the Assistant Inspector General for Audit at the District of Columbia OIG, Mr. Stith helped to identify and recover over $16 million in Medicaid overpayments. As the Director of Program Inspections at the Department of Energy OIG, Mr. Stith led evaluations of the Department’s national laboratories that received nearly $13 billion per year for defense and medical research. Based on these evaluations, the agency reduced contract costs by $30 million per year and Mr. Stith testified before the Congress three times -- resulting in stronger controls over contractors that operated the laboratories. For his efforts, Mr. Stith received the Department’s Exceptional Service Award for Leadership.

Mr. Stith’s commitment to the OIG community extended beyond his normal leadership responsibilities. In addition to being selected to become a charter member to help establish the Association of Inspectors General – an association of state and local government OIG, he served on an advisory council to the Government Accountability Office, helping draft policy that ensured independence of designated federal entity OIGs.

Mr. Stith holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting (minor in data processing) and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from James Madison University. Mr. Stith is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Financial Manager, and Certified Executive Green Belt in Lean-Six-Sigma. Mr. Stith is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also served on the James Madison University College of Business Advisory Council.