Amtrak Appoints New Inspector General

WASHINGTON — Amtrak has appointed a new Inspector General, following a three month comprehensive national search.

Theodore “Ted” Alves recently retired from 35 years of federal service, including serving as the Deputy Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from 2006 to 2009 where he was responsible for supervising audits and investigations of federal transportation agencies. His start date is still being determined.

“Ted Alves is highly respected in the inspector general community and will provide the leadership, integrity, independence and objectivity required for the position,” Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper said.

From 2001 to 2006, Alves held three progressively responsible executive positions at the U.S. DOT, culminating in the position of Principal Assistant IG for Audits and Evaluations. He also has extensive audit experience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Government Accountability Office, where he spent 22 years. In addition, he is a 2009 recipient of a Presidential Rank Award presented for his exceptional service to the American people and in recognition of his “sustained extraordinary achievement.”

Carper appointed Alves after naming a Selection Committee chaired by Amtrak board member Nancy A. Naples and comprised of Amtrak board vice chairman Donna McLean and two prominent former inspectors general, Ken Mead from the U.S. DOT and Gaston Gianni from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Selection Committee sought and received input from the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), and the chairman engaged a leading executive search firm to assist with the process.

Nearly 200 applicants were considered for the position.