President Bush nominated Kenneth M. Donohue on July 25, 2001, as Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The U.S. Senate confirmed him on March 25, 2002.
While awaiting Senate confirmation, the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked and - given his expertise - HUD Secretary Mel Martinez asked Mr. Donohue to pitch in and assess HUD security overall, specifically focusing on emergency programs; vulnerability; Information Technology security; and mail procedures, among others.
Mr. Donohue had a distinguished 21-year career with the U.S. Secret Service as a special agent, culminating with an assignment to the Assistant Director's ClA Counter-Terrorism Center. He served a diverse career that included major investigations and various assignments in dignitary protection. During his career he served two tours with the Protective Intelligence Division.
In 1990, Mr. Donohue was appointed as Assistant Director, Office of Investigations, within the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC). His staff was successful in uncovering fraud and abuse among directors and officers of failed savings and loan institutions. He served as a member of the National Bank Fraud Working Group, with other regulatory agency senior representatives, as well as senior law enforcement personnel from the Departments of Justice and Treasury.
Another distinction was his creation of the Asset Search Program that became a model for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) program, which was commended by the General Accounting Office (GAO) in a 1993 study. The Asset Search Program was also the impetus, in part, for refinements in the asset search capabilities at the Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FINCEN) Bureau, at the Department of Treasury.
After closing out the RTC's caseload, he returned to the FDIC in 1996, joining the Office of Legal Counsel's Criminal Fraud Unit. In this capacity he directed the orderly transfer of open criminal and civil cases for final prosecution and resolution.
In 1997, Mr. Donohue left federal service and consulted in the private sector with law enforcement and investigative issues. This included a multi-year contract with a classified program at the Central Intelligence Agency that interrelated with U.S. corporations.
Mr. Donohue is a member of the President's Corporate Fraud Task Force as well as the Troubled Asset Relief Program Inspector General Council (TARP-IGC).
Mr. Donohue is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Protection Professional with the American Society of Industrial Security. He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He has pledged to make innovation, integrity, and commitment to the job the hallmarks of his tenure at the HUD Office of Inspector General. In his role he is a trusted partner with the Secretary of HUD and the U.S. Senate.
Born in New York City, Mr. Donohue was raised with his three brothers in a working class family of proud Irish-born parents. He and his spouse of forty years, Kathleen, have four grown sons and four grandsons. Mr. Donohue is a competitive swimmer and works with special needs children.