About the Office of Inspector General

SBA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides auditing, investigative, and other services to support and assist SBA in achieving its statutory mission.


The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides independent, objective, and timely oversight to improve the integrity, accountability, and performance of SBA and its programs for the benefit of the American people. OIG seeks to improve SBA programs by identifying key issues facing the agency, recommending corrective actions, and promoting a high level of integrity.

OIG is a member of The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, an independent entity established within the executive branch.

The Inspector General, a presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed officer, keeps the SBA Administrator and the Congress fully informed of any problems, recommends corrective actions, and monitors progress in the implementation of such actions.

The two operating components of OIG are the Auditing Division and the Investigations Division. The Auditing and Investigations Divisions each administer their respective activities through field offices around the country. The Management and Operations Division and Office of Counsel support both the Inspector General and the operating divisions by providing human resources, budget, policy and planning, information technology, communications, administration, and legal services, respectively.

OIG Statutory Responsibilities

Statutory responsibilities

OIG is an independent and objective oversight office created within SBA by the Inspector General Act.

The Inspector General Act specifies that the OIG will:

  • Promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the management of SBA programs and supporting operations
  • Conduct and supervise audits, investigations, and reviews relating to the agency’s programs and support operations
  • Detect and prevent fraud and abuse
  • Review existing and proposed legislation and regulations and make appropriate recommendations
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other federal, state and local governmental agencies, and non-governmental entities, regarding the mandated duties of the Inspector General
  • Keep the SBA Administrator and Congress informed of serious problems and recommend corrective actions and implementation measures
  • Comply with the audit standards of the Comptroller General
  • Avoid duplication of Government Accountability Office activities
  • Report violations of law to the U.S. Attorney General

OIG also has other significant statutory responsibilities. These include responsibilities under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act, as well as an increasing number of legislative mandates and government-wide directives.

Improving SBA program management


OIG conducts financial and performance audits of internal agency functions and of participants in SBA programs to promote the economical, efficient, and effective operation of SBA programs.

Audits give SBA managers an objective and systematic assessment of how well their offices are carrying out their SBA-related programs and operations. Financial audits examine the presentation of financial information, internal controls, and adherence to financial requirements. Performance audits assess operations in terms of economical use of resources.


When an investigation finds a serious systemic deficiency in Agency procedures or practices of SBA personnel, OIG staff provide an advisory memorandum to the appropriate program officials setting forth the pertinent investigative findings and suggesting possible management actions or procedural changes to decrease or eliminate this vulnerability in the program.

Task forces

OIG staff participate with SBA staff on agency-wide task forces to address issues of concern to the agency, the Congress, and the small business community.

Review of laws and regulations

OIG is mandated to review and evaluate legislation, regulations, standard operating procedures and other directives in terms of their impact on program economy and efficiency, or their prevention of fraud and abuse.

Detecting and deterring fraud


OIG investigates allegations of possible criminal violations and other wrongdoing. Most investigations are conducted in conjunction with a U.S. Attorney’s Office. While the subject of an OIG investigation can be an SBA employee, the vast majority of the subjects are applicants for or participants in agency programs.

Background investigations/name check

OIG ensures that its personnel have the appropriate background investigations and security clearances to occupy their positions and perform their duties. OIG also adjudicates its personnel for issuance of the PIV card in accordance with regulations to ensure the safe access to federal facilities and information systems.

Contact us

By mail:
409 3rd St. SW, Suite 7150
Washington, DC 20416

By telephone (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET):

Office leadership

Office directory

Office of Counsel

Nathania Bates, Counsel

ATTN: Office of Counsel
Office of Inspector General
409 3rd St. SW, Suite 7150
Washington, DC 20416
Telephone: 202-205-7178

Investigations Division

Region Field Office
Eastern Region
Amaleka McCall-Brathwaite, Special Agent-in-Charge

Atlanta Field Office
233 Peachtree St., NE, Suite 240
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: 404-331-2326

Miami Field Office
Claude Pepper Federal Building
51 SW 1st Ave., Suite 1325
Miami, FL 33130
Telephone: 305-536-4710

New York Field Office
145 Pinelawn Rd., Suite 250 South
Melville, NY 11747
Telephone: 631-249-6502

Philadelphia Field Office
900 Market St., Room 321
Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215-597-3850

Washington, D.C. Field Office
409 3rd St., SW C940
Washington, DC 20416
Telephone: 202-205-6226

Central Region
Brady Ipock, Special Agent-in-Charge

Houston Field Office
1919 Smith St., Suite 2323
Houston, TX 77002
Telephone: 832-318-0324

Chicago Field Office
801 Warrenville Rd., Suite 230
Lisle, IL 60532
Telephone: 630-241-2444

Detroit Field Office
477 Michigan Ave., Suite 515
Detroit, MI 48226
Telephone: 313-226-6075 x249

Western Region
Weston King, Special Agent-in-Charge

Seattle Field Office
33400 9th Ave., Suite 210
Federal Way, WA 98003
Telephone: 253-835-7986

Denver Field Office
1 Denver Federal Center
Bldg #53 Room H-1937
Lakewood, CO 80225
Telephone: 253-835-7992

Los Angeles Field Office
12440 East Imperial Hwy., Suite 240
Norwalk, CA 90650
Telephone: 562-868-3193

Investigations Operations
Marco Suarez, Special Agent-in-Charge

409 3rd St., SW
Washington, DC 20416

Office of Security Operations
Telephone: 202-205-6223

National Disaster Program
Michelle Blank, National Disaster Program Director
Telephone: 267-825-4663

Audits Division

Credit Programs Group Teresa Gray, Director
Disaster Assistance Programs Group

John Provan, Director

Disaster Assistance Team
150 Westpark Wy., Suite 130
Euless, Texas 76040
Telephone: 817-684-5333

Business Development Programs Group Christina Sweet, Director
Telephone: 202-205-8992
Financial Management and Information Technology Group Jeffrey R. Brindle, Director
Telephone: 202-205-7490
Audit Operations Group Thomas Rosado, Acting Director
Telephone: 202-205-7383
Last updated April 11, 2024