On August 20, 2013 the Federal Criminal Investigators Association presented the Investigator of the Year award to Geoff Cherrington, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations with the Office of Inspector General at the United States General Services Administration (GSA). Mr. Cherrington is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Office of Investigations including all field office and headquarters operations.
Mr. Cherrington was selected for the award for supervising the infamous investigation of the 2010 GSA Western Regions Conference in Las Vegas. The investigation literally changed the way the federal government spends on travel and conferences, and has saved hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money. As a result of the report, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to limits to $500,000 the amount that any agency may spend to support a single conference. Also as a result of the IG report, the Obama administration placed new restrictions on federal travel and meetings and the Office of Management and Budget directed agencies to spend at least 30 percent less on travel in FY 2013 than in FY 2010. The GSA IG report was summarized in in the 3rd Quarter issue of the Federal Investigator.
Mr. Cherrington began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the United States Army and in 1989 became a special agent with the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. During that time he served in Nürnberg, Germany, and was deployed to the Gulf War where he conducted investigations and undercover operations during Operation Desert Storm.
Mr. Cherrington spent 13 years with the Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service. As a Special Agent in Charge at the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, he managed many of the large scale bribery cases in Iraq and Kuwait, managed crucial highly sensitive defense technology that was stolen by foreign governments (such as the ITT night vision goggles investigation), and oversaw cases in all of the defense intelligence agencies. As a case agent in DCIS, he worked many complex fraud cases involving weapons systems, and became an expert in healthcare fraud, particularly those involving alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers such as the National Recovery Institutes Group.