Phyllis K. Fong, J.D.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Phyllis K. Fong was
sworn in as Inspector General for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) on December 2, 2002.
As Inspector General,
Ms. Fong is the senior official responsible for conducting and
supervising audits and evaluations, as well as investigations and
law enforcement efforts, relating to USDA’s programs and
operations. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides
leadership in promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in
USDA programs and addressing fraud, waste, and abuse.
Prior to her
appointment at USDA, Ms. Fong had been the Inspector General of
the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) since April 1999. A
career member of the Senior Executive Service, she had also held
several positions at SBA OIG including Assistant Inspector
General for Management and Legal Counsel (1994-1999) and
Assistant Inspector General for Management and Policy
(1988-1994). She also served as Assistant General Counsel for the
Legal Services Corporation (1981-1983) and as an attorney with
the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1978-1981).
Ms. Fong was born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She
graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. degree in Asian studies
and earned her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of
Law. Ms. Fong is a member of the Tennessee and District of
Columbia bars. She and her husband, Paul Tellier, have two
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