David A. Montoya

Professional title: 
Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

Mr. David A. Montoya was sworn in as Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on December 1, 2011.  The Department’s mission “is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all.”  The mission of the Office of Inspector General is to promote the integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness of HUD programs to assist the Department in meeting its mission.  As Inspector General, Mr. Montoya is the senior official responsible for audits, evaluations, investigations, and oversight efforts relating to HUD's programs and operations.

Mr. Montoya’s 28-year career has been dedicated to public service focused on law enforcement, with more than 17 years of oversight, supervisory and executive leadership positions, including more than 14 years’ experience in the Federal Senior Executive and Executive Service.  His professional career has demonstrated a rigorous focus on accountability, high ethical standards, and integrity.

Before Mr. Montoya’s appointment to HUD, he served in senior-level positions for the Offices of Inspector General at the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior and as Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division.

Mr. Montoya is a member of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, established by President Obama in November 2009, and is a co-chair of the Mortgage Fraud Working Group, which is charged with addressing a wide range of fraud in the mortgage, finance, and housing markets.  He is also a member of the Council of Inspectors General on Financial Oversight, established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which assists in improving financial oversight and evaluating the effectiveness and internal operations of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.  In addition, Mr. Montoya is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE); Chair’s CIGIE’s Professional Development Committee and sits on the Investigations and Information Technology Committees.   Mr. Montoya is a member of the Advisory Council and is a co-chair of the Law Enforcement Committee for the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators and prior to his federal career worked in the private sector for Continental Airlines where he spent five years working in airport operations and sales. 

Mr. Montoya is strongly committed to collaboration with HUD staff and national stakeholders to ensure that the Department’s vital programs are effectively and efficiently implemented and serve the public well.  In addition, he is focused on developing analytics for early detection of waste, fraud, and mismanagement through the strategic application of OIG’s audits, evaluations, reviews, and investigations.  Mr. Montoya believes fraud prevention is imperative at the front end and consistently coveys this message to every OIG employee.

Mr. Montoya has received many Executive Performance Awards, including a Certificate of Commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice.  He is a native of El Paso, TX, and a 1986 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.