Mr. Gregory H. Friedman

Distinguished Executive in Residence
Address: Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street NW
MPA Suite 601
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
Phone: 301-830-3352
Fax: 202-994-6792
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Government processes
Program Evaluation

Gregory H. Friedman was nominated by the President and confirmed as the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Energy in 1998.  He served in that role until his retirement from government service in September 2015. While Inspector General, he managed a nationwide, independent program of audit, law enforcement and inspection efforts related to the Department of Energy’s programs and operations, including its over $189 billion in assets, more than $36 billion in annual revenues and expenditures, and its over 107,000 Federal and contractor personnel.  Mr. Friedman led an organization of nearly 300 personnel located at 13 key Department of Energy sites around the Nation.

As Inspector General, Mr. Friedman worked with leadership to identify and prevent wasteful, fraudulent and abusive practices in the Department’s operations.  He is skilled in problem identification and root cause analysis.  He has a successful record of recommending, and tracking through to resolution, concrete steps to correct systemic management problems, enhance organizational effectiveness, reduce wasteful spending, strengthen accountability and improve program results.  For example, Mr. Friedman:

  • Developed and executed a comprehensive strategy to provide oversight of the Department’s $38 billion effort under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Identified nearly $125 million in expenditures over the last five years that were unnecessary, wasteful or unjustified.  For example, just one audit report identified nearly $13 million that could be saved as part of the start up and operation of a nuclear waste disposal facility.
  • Aggressively pursued rogue contractors who had defrauded the Department of Energy---resulting in over $100 million in fines, settlements and recoveries over the last five years.
  • Implemented an elite technology crimes unit, staffed with Special Agents with specialized skills to respond to the numerous computer intrusions and other computer-related crimes committed against the Department.
  • Helped the Department improve the accuracy and completeness of its nearly $200 billion unfunded environmental liability.
  • Ensured that the Department implemented better controls over sensitive nuclear materials held by domestic and foreign licensees.

From January 2005 to January 2009, Mr. Friedman also served as Vice Chair of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE).  The PCIE, which he managed on a day-to-day basis, was the parent organization of the 30 large agency inspectors general.  As such, the PCIE addressed government-wide integrity, economy, and program results issues.  This included, for example, reviews addressing Federal government intervention after Hurricane Katrina; the vulnerability of the U.S. critical infrastructure to terrorist attack; the development and operation of the U.S. Government Terrorism Watchlist; and, the national implementation of the Single Audit Act, covering billions of dollars in grants and related procurement instruments. 

Mr. Friedman was a member of the U.S. Comptroller General’s Domestic Policy Council.  He has served in leadership positions in a number of professional organizations.  And, he is a frequent guest speaker on topics ranging from business ethics, internal controls to strategies for enhancing program results.  In addition to his professional pursuits, Mr. Friedman is actively involved in a number of community and philanthropic endeavors.


Fellow in Public Affairs, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Studies
MBA, Fairleigh Dickinson University
BBA, Temple University


Department of Energy’s Meritorious Service Award
Meritorious Presidential Rank Award
Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive
Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s 2013 Lifetime of Service Award

Trachtenberg School Welcomes Career Public Servant as Distinguished Executive in Residence

By Michael Downey, MPP '17
December 09, 2015

The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration at the George Washington University is proud to announce the addition of Greg Friedman as the school’s newest Distinguished Executive in Residence.  He comes to the Trachtenberg School after serving for the past 17 years as Inspector General for the Department of Energy. 

Mr. Friedman joined the federal government nearly five decades ago and spent his career as the consummate public servant.  Over the years, Mr. Friedman built a career as a watchdog for the federal government. He investigated everything from stolen nuclear secrets to the DOE’s failed loan guarantee to the solar panel manufacturer Solyndra.

Mr. Friedman intends to serve as a resource for students interested in joining the federal workforce. 

“I was constantly and continually impressed with the professionalism and fundamental quality of the federal workforce,” he said. “While in some quarters it is ‘in’ to criticize federal employees, my conclusion is that the people with whom I worked for all these years could go toe to toe with the best and the brightest in the private sector. It is a huge mistake to marginalize those who make vital federal programs work, and who do so in the best interest of the U.S. citizenry.”

Mr. Friedman’s extensive experience will aid students as they develop solutions for improving government functions. In an era defined by the growth of outside contracting and intense political polarization, Mr. Friedman’s unique perspective into the challenges faced in ensuring projects were completed correctly and on time using a methodical and objective approach will prepare students to follow in his footsteps as public servants.