Fara Damelin

Inspector General, Federal Communications Commission

On March 25, 2024, Fara Damelin was sworn in as the first Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed Inspector General of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She joined the FCC OIG with over 28 years of Federal service, including two decades of oversight experience in the IG community. Prior to joining the FCC OIG, Ms. Damelin served as Chief of Staff for the Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG, a nationwide organization with over 500 oversight professionals dedicated to protecting HUD’s programs and beneficiaries from fraud, waste, and abuse. She directed a cross functional team in executing the IG’s strategic initiatives, developing OIG-wide oversight products, and implementing diversity, employee engagement, and professional development programs. Before joining HUD OIG, Ms. Damelin was the Deputy Inspector General of AmeriCorps OIG, overseeing the office’s daily operations, developing and implementing strategies to protect the integrity of national service programs, and serving as Whistleblower Protection Coordinator. Previously, Ms. Damelin spent 14 years with the National Science Foundation OIG as an investigative attorney, and subsequently as Director of its Office of Investigations Legal Division. She conducted criminal, civil, and administrative investigations involving fraud and research misconduct related to NSF grants. Ms. Damelin has engaged in cross-cutting initiatives and professional development activities with the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, and has earned multiple CIGIE Awards for Excellence. Ms. Damelin began her Federal career in 1995 as an employment attorney with the Department of Health and Human Services. She earned a J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1994 and a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton in 1991.