Kenneth M.


United States
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Inspector General of Housing and Urban Development for the United States.
Biographical details:

President Bush nominated Kenneth M. Donohue and was later confirmed by the U.S. Senate 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 the Assistant Director’s staff assigned to the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center. Mr. Donohue had a diverse career within the Investigation Division. In addition, he served with the Presidential Detail and two tours with the Protective Intelligence Division.

In 1990, Mr. Donohue was appointed to the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), Office of Investigation as Chief of the Investigations Section. He was successful uncovering fraud and abuse among directors and officers of failed savings and loan institutions and was promoted to Assistant Director. He served on 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 Mr. Donohue’s creation of the Asset Search Program that became a model for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FCIC) program that was commended by the General Accounting Office in a 1993 study. The Asset Search Program was also the impetus, in part, for the development of the Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FINCEN) Bureau at the Department of Treasury.

After closing out the RTC’s caseload, Mr. Donohue returned to the FDIC in 1996, joining the Office of Legal Counsel’s Fraud Unit continuing his award winning and often commended work.

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 certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Protection Professional with the American Society of Industrial Security. He holds a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice. Mr. Donohue will make innovation, impact, integrity, and commitment to the job the hallmarks of his tenure at the HUD Office of Inspector General, an office that is a trusted partner to the HUD Secretary and the Congress.

Born in New York city, Mr. Donohue was raised with his three brothers in a working class family of proud Irish-born parents. He has a BA from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. He and his spouse of thirty-four years, Kathleen, have four sons and one grandson. Mr. Donohue is a competitive swimmer and works with special needs children.

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