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The Inspector General

AbilityOne Inspector General

In May 2017, Mr. Thomas K. Lehrich became the first Inspector General for the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (AbilityOne Commission). Mr. Lehrich’s experience includes assignments as Deputy Inspector General and Counsel at the Architect of the Capital and a ten-year posting at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of Inspector General, an over five-hundred employee office with oversight responsibility for all the modes of transport regulated by the DOT. As the Chief Counsel for the DOT Inspector General, Mr. Lehrich was responsible for the ethics program, litigation, and delivery of complex legal services for the organization. Mr. Lehrich also served as the Assistant Chief Counsel for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Chief Counsel. 

​Mr. Lehrich is a Boston University graduate and an active member of its alumni leadership group. He is the past Chair of the Federal Bar Association, Transportation and Transportation Security Law Section and currently serves as an officer with the FBA. In addition, he teaches investigations as an instructor at the Inspector General Academy of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).

​Mr. Lehrich received the Award for Superior Achievement, the highest recognition at the DOT OIG, as well as several President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency Awards of Excellence for Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety, NAFTA, and AMTRAK. While at TSA he received the Honorary Achievement award for his work on the aviation security infrastructure fee program. 

​Mr. Lehrich is a member of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) legislative committee. He is involved with the technology and innovation initiative to create websites within the OIG community on Oversight.gov to create futuristic platforms for the public and stakeholders.