April Stephenson

Principal Deputy Inspector General

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April G. Stephenson was named Principal Deputy Inspector General and served as Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Energy from January 1, 2017 to November 16, 2017.  As the Principal Deputy Inspector General, she is responsible for a nationwide, independent program of audits, inspections, and law enforcement efforts related to the Department of Energy’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 the Department of Energy'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 Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Energy.  Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Ms. Stephenson had 24 years with the Department of Defense.  Ms. Stephenson was the Director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, 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.