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John P. Higgins, Jr. -- Department of Education
Inspector General

John P. ("Jack") Higgins, Jr. is the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education. He was nominated by President Bush on September 18, 2002, and confirmed by the United States Senate on November 14, 2002. Mr. Higgins has served in a number of senior management positions with the Department of Education and its predecessor, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare during more than 30 years of federal service. He became the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Education in January 1996. In 1999, Mr. Higgins was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for exemplifying the highest level of integrity, leadership, and exceptional performance. Mr. Higgins earned a degree in business from Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn. He is a certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Government Financial Analyst. He resides in Fairfax Station, Virginia, with his wife, Lucy.

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