THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES GEORGE JOSEPH OPFER TO BE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate George J. Opfer to be Inspector General for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an independent agency that is responsible for coordinating the Federal Government's emergency planning, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. FEMA operates closely with state and local governments to provide a broad-based emergency program to protect public safety and property.
George Joseph Opfer is a twenty-five year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service. Presently, Mr. Opfer is the Assistant Director of the Office of Investigations, U.S. Secret Service, located in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall planning and direction of criminal prevention and detection for the U.S. Secret Service. As the Assistant Director, Mr. Opfer has developed an expertise in the area of interagency relations and law enforcement. Prior to the position with the Office of Investigations, Mr. Opfer was the Assistant Director for the Office of Inspection. His experience includes tenure as a Special Agent, conducting fraud and counterfeit investigations as a Treasury agent, conducting internal inspections of the Secret Service, and coordinating emergency preparedness for the Presidential Protection Division. Mr. Opfer received a B.S. from St. John's University in 1969.