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Office of Inspector General

Dec. 13, 2018

Nicholas Padilla

Deputy Inspector General for Investigations

Nicholas Padilla, Jr. is the Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, Office of Investigations (OI) at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Office of Inspector General (OIG). In his capacity, he has oversight responsibility for OIG investigations involving allegations of misconduct involving the SEC programs and operations.   He has more than 38 years of law enforcement experience in the Federal Government and the United States Army.

Prior to joining the SEC OIG, Mr. Padilla served as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) OIG Assistant Inspector General for Investigations and Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations with oversight responsibility of investigations and OI functions, which included 2 Headquarters Divisions; 7 regional OI offices; and 37 OI field offices. He has also served as a HUD OIG Senior Special Agent; Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC); and the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Special Investigations Division (Internal Affairs). 

Prior to HUD OIG, Mr. Padilla was with the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations and the Office of Inspector General for the Corporation for National Community Service.  Mr. Padilla began his career in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, where he worked on a myriad of investigations, which included supervising fraud, violent crimes, and undercover drug investigations.  Before retiring from the Army, he was the SAC of Executive Protective Services missions for the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as the SAC of classified investigations within the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.  Mr. Padilla has managed sensitive, high-level, and national criminal investigations involving political officials, senior executives, and government officials.

Mr. Padilla is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and OPM’s Federal Executive Institute and received a Bachelor of Science degree from New York Regents College.

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