OIG Management

  • Rene Febles, Acting Inspector General
  • Rafael “Rico” Medina, Acting Deputy Inspector General for Investigations & Special Projects
  • David Gallagher, Deputy Inspector General for Audits & Evaluations
  • Michael Mobbs, Counsel to the Inspector General

Rene Febles serves as the Acting Inspector General (IG) of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. As the Acting IG, Mr. Febles is the senior official responsible for audits, investigations, and oversight of WMATA’s activities and operations.  The Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides leadership in promoting economy and effectiveness in WMATA’s programs as well as identifying and preventing criminal fraud, waste, abuse and employee misconduct.

Mr. Febles’ career spans three decades, providing leadership and oversight over billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded programs.  He began his professional career as a federal auditor with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office Inspector General (HUD-OIG). He specialized in Single and Multifamily housing program audits.  He later became a federal law enforcement officer rising through the ranks and serving in various leadership positions, including Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office at HUD-OIG and the Federal Housing Finance Agency OIG (FHFA-OIG).  In 2012, Mr. Febles joined the ranks of the Senior Leadership, where he served as both Assistant Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General for Investigations at FHFA-OIG. In that role, he provided strategic leadership and direction to a cross-functional staff of highly trained law enforcement officers, investigative counsels, analysts, and attorney advisors. Collectively, this unit was responsible for public integrity and accountability of approximately $191.5 billion in U.S. taxpayer-funded lending programs.

Throughout his career, Mr. Febles’ strategic vision and leadership resulted in the identification and detection of billions of dollars in fraudulent activity resulting in organizational changes, criminal convictions and the recovery of billions of dollars for both the government and the victims of crimes.

Rafael “Rico” Medina serves as the Acting Deputy Inspector General (DIG) for Investigations of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. As the Acting DIG, Mr. Medina is the senior official responsible for investigations, cybercrimes and data analytics impacting WMATA’s activities and operations. 

Mr. Medina began his career over 32 years ago as a special agent with the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations. After leaving the Air Force, he joined the Inspector General community working for the Offices of Inspectors General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation/RTC, the US Small Business Administration and the US Postal Service specializing in financial crimes, procurement fraud, public corruption and cybercrimes.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Medina’s executive leadership roles have included Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Deputy Chief Data Officer (CDO) and Executive Special Agent in Charge where he directed investigative operations throughout the United States as well as Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Europe.  In his role as the Deputy CDO, he consistently relied on emerging technologies, directed data driven initiatives and produced data analytic models that uncovered fraud, waste and abuse as the suspicious activity was occurring.

Throughout his career, he has exercised oversight over billions of dollars in federally funded programs, agency generated revenue and procurement expenditures resulting in the identification and detection of billions of dollars in fraudulent activity.

David R. Gallagher serves as the Deputy Inspector General for Audits of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where he is responsible for overseeing the audit component of OIG and evaluating activities relating to WMATA programs and operations.

Prior to joining WMATA, Mr. Gallagher was the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audits with the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery, Department of the Treasury where he was responsible for audit operations uncovering fraud, waste and abuse of COVID-19 relief funds.

Prior to his position with the Special Inspector General, Mr. Gallagher had a career with the Department of Defense (DoD) that spanned over 37 years. His last position with DoD was as the Deputy General Counsel for the Defense Contract Audit Agency. His primary responsibilities were Personnel Law, Ethics and legal support to internal investigations. Prior to working for the Defense Contract Audit Agency, Mr. Gallagher was Deputy Counsel for the Auditor General of the Army from 2004-2011. As Deputy Counsel, Mr. Gallagher was responsible for all personnel-related matters within the U.S. Army Audit Agency. From 1994-2004, Mr. Gallagher was an Attorney-Advisor and assisted the Chief Counsel in advising the Army Auditor General and his audit staff on legal issues covering all aspects of the law to include government contracts, use of appropriated funds and fraud investigations. Prior to becoming an Attorney, Mr. Gallagher was an auditor with the U.S. Army Audit Agency for 12 years with his last position as an Audit Manager.

Mr. Gallagher earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University. Mr. Gallagher is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Michael H. Mobbs serves as 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.