April G. Stephenson is the Deputy Director within the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA). She is responsible for independent oversight and regulatory enforcement associated with environment; safety and health; emergency management; safeguards and security; and cyber security disciplines within the Department and the National Nuclear Security Administration, as well as oversight of safety and security training for DOE employees provided by the National Training Center. She also provides leadership in the management of EA resources and operations.
Ms. Stephenson joined EA after serving over four years in the DOE Office of Inspector General, with the last two years serving as Acting Inspector General and Principal Deputy Inspector General. As the Acting Inspector General, she was responsible for a nationwide, independent program of audits, inspections, and law enforcement efforts related to the Department’s programs and operations.
Prior to being named as the Principal Deputy Inspector General, Ms. Stephenson was the Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Inspections where she directed the planning, execution, and reporting for audits and inspections of the Department’s programs and operations. Prior to her positions in the Office of Inspector General, Ms. Stephenson was the Chief Operating Officer of DOE’s Loan Programs Office. Ms. Stephenson has also served as the Director of the Office of Financial Risk, Policy, and Controls, in the office of the DOE Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining DOE in 2011, Ms. Stephenson held a career of 24 years with the Department of Defense where she was the Director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), the largest audit agency in the Federal government responsible for completing over 30,000 audits covering over $500 billion in contract costs on an annual basis.
Ms. Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University at Chico and a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Ms. Stephenson is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of North Carolina. She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the DCAA Distinguished Service Award, the highest award provided by the Agency.