On December 4, 2016, Nicholas Padilla, Jr., was appointed to the position of Assistant Inspector General for Investigation for the Office of Investigation (OI) with oversight responsibility for investigations throughout the United States. Mr. Padilla oversees OI’s major fraud initiatives, computer forensics, and annual budget. He has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience in the Federal Government and the United States Army.
In November 2013, Mr. Padilla was selected and began serving as OI’s Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigation. He had oversight of OI functions, including the Headquarters Operations Division, the Special Investigations Division, and seven regional OI offices including 37 field offices.
Mr. Padilla joined HUD OIG in 2008 and has served as a Senior Special Agent, an Assistant Special Agent in Charge, and the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Special Investigations Division. Before coming to HUD OIG, Mr. Padilla was with the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations and the Office of Inspector General for the Corporation for National Community Service. Mr. Padilla began his career in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, where he worked on a myriad of investigations, which included supervising fraud, violent crimes, and undercover drug investigations. Before retiring from the Army, he was the SAC of Protection Services missions for the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as the SAC of classified investigations within the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Mr. Padilla has managed sensitive, high-level, and national criminal investigations involving political officials, senior executives, and government officials.
Mr. Padilla is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Federal Executive Institute and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from New York Regents College.