OIG Management

  • Geoffrey Cherrington, Inspector General
  • Rene Febles, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations & Special Projects
  • Joseph W. Wilson III, Deputy Inspector General for Audits
  • Michael Mobbs, Counsel to the Inspector General

Geoff Cherrington is the Inspector General of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where he directs independent audits and investigations of Metro’s programs and operations. He was formerly the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the U.S. Department of State where he was responsible for overseeing worldwide investigations. He also served as the Deputy AIGI at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and then the AIGI at the General Services Administration. Mr. Cherrington also spent 13 years as a special agent and special agent in charge with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, where he oversaw investigations in the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Mr. Cherrington began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the U.S. 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 is a 2014 Presidential Rank Award winner, is the 2013 Federal Criminal Investigator Association’s Investigator of the year, and has been featured on national and international news programs to include NBC’s Fleecing of America and Bloomberg Live. He has a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of science in criminal justice administration. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society.

Rene Febles serves as the Deputy Inspector General for Investigations & Special Projects (DIGI). As DIGI, Mr. Febles oversees all criminal, civil, and administrative investigations impacting Metro’s activities and operations. In addition to these investigative activities, Mr. Febles oversees the Special Projects unit whose staff conducts specialized reviews of Metro’s activities and operations with special focus on matters involving safety. His experience and leadership have led to the successful investigations and reviews of Metro contractors, employees, and activities.

Prior to joining Metro’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), Mr. Febles served over 22 years as a federal law enforcement officer and executive. As the Assistant Inspector General and the Deputy Inspector General for Investigations at the Federal Housing Finance Agency OIG (FHFA-OIG), Mr. Febles led teams of criminal investigators who focused on cybercrimes, mortgage fraud, and employee misconduct. He also held various law enforcement leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG (HUD-OIG) where he served as the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office and Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Office. Throughout his career, Mr. Febles’ investigative oversight and leadership resulted in the conviction of many individuals who engaged in fraudulent activity and recovered billions of dollars for victims of crimes.

Joseph W. Wilson III Joseph W. Wilson III is the Deputy Inspector General for Audits in the Office of Inspector General where he is responsible for overseeing the audit component of OIG and evaluating activities relating to WMATA programs and operations.

Mr. Wilson has over 37 years of successful financial, auditing, accounting, government procurement, and management experience. He has wide industry exposure in managing audit engagements of private enterprise, governmental, and nonprofit organizations with advanced knowledge of financial reporting, financial analysis, attestations, Cost Accounting Standards, GAAP, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation. With 21 years of experience in various audit positions at WMATA, he has a wealth of knowledge in the areas of programs and operations. Prior to joining WMATA, Mr. Wilson held various audit and financial positions with several private industry companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in DC and Maryland and a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia State University where he played golf and was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Academic All-America Golf Team.

Michael H. Mobbs is the Counsel to the Inspector General of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Before joining OIG, Mr. Mobbs served more than a decade as General Counsel to Inspectors General at the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Mr. Mobbs has had extensive legal and national security experience in government and the private sector. During the Cold War and final years of the Soviet empire, he practiced international commercial law in several U.S. law firms where he was the managing partner of their offices in Russia and Hungary.

Leaving the private sector for a time, Mr. Mobbs was appointed by President Reagan and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve in the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms negotiations, where he was the Secretary of Defense’s senior representative at the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks in Geneva and later directed policy formulation in Washington for all U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms control. After returning to private law practice, he was called to public service again following the 9/11 attacks to serve in the Bush Administration on numerous Defense Department missions in the Global War on Terrorism.

Mr. Mobbs graduated summa cum laude with exceptional distinction in Russian Studies from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. Mr. Mobbs has authored numerous publications on law and national security and speaks fluent Russian.