The Honorable Larry D. Turner was sworn in as the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on December 7, 2021, following his nomination by the President and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. As head of the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Mr. Turner leads a nationwide, independent oversight organization with an annual budget of $97 million and more than 350 criminal investigators, auditors, attorneys, subject-matter experts, and management professionals whose mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in DOL programs, and to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in DOL operations. As Inspector General, Mr. Turner oversees close to $14 billion in annual federal funding for essential programs, such as unemployment insurance, worker safety and health, training and reemployment services, pension and health care benefits, wage and hour standards, and economic statistics. He also directs criminal investigations into organized crime influence and labor racketeering corruption in employee benefit plans, internal union affairs, and labor-management relations. In addition, the OIG works with other law enforcement partners on human trafficking matters.
Mr. Turner is also active in the Inspector General community, currently serving as a member of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’s (CIGIE) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work Group, and the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), which oversees more than $5 trillion in federal pandemic-related programs and funding. Prior to his appointment as Inspector General, Mr. Turner served as DOL’s Acting Inspector General since June 2020, and as Deputy Inspector General since September 2014.
Prior to joining the DOL-OIG, Mr. Turner served as Deputy and Acting Assistant Inspector General for the Office of Communication and Congressional Liaison, Department of Defense, and the Deputy Inspector General for the Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM).
Before joining the IG community, Mr. Turner served as Army Installation Management Command Liaison Officer to the Army Materiel Command, and Executive Officer to the Executive Director, IMCOM. Mr. Turner served 24 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Turner holds a BS Degree in Business from Morgan State University, an MBA in Business Management from Golden Gate University, and an MS Degree in Resource Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College; the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellow Program; the Defense Leadership and Management Program (DLAMP); and the Federal Executive Institute. Mr. Turner holds a Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University.
Mr. Turner has received numerous civilian and military awards to include: DoD and Army Civilian Meritorious Service Awards, Civilian Superior Service Award, Civilian Commander's Award, Legion of Merit, and Meritorious Service Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters, multiple Southwest Asia Medals, and the Army Parachutist Badge.