Richard Kusserow

Richard Kusserow

Professional Experience

Mr. Kusserow established Strategic Management in 1992 and it has since specialized in developing, implementing and measuring effective compliance operations and programs.  Under his leadership, Strategic Management provides a broad range of advisory services including organization assessments, financial/legal fact-finding, values and vulnerabilities assessments, program analyses, special studies/reports, policy development, and specialized education/training programs.  He has assisted organizations by providing interim and designated compliance officer services.  He provides specialized expertise on fraud and abuse, sanctions, exclusion, and debarment processes, as well as regulatory issues arising from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). He possesses special and unique expertise involving fraud and abuse laws and regulations, such as the anti-kickback statute, qui tam actions, as well as environmental and product safety regulations and government contracting ethics. Under his personal leadership, Strategic Management has provided consulting assistance to over 2,500 companies, facilities, organizations and entities, large and small, for-profit and non-profit.

Previous Work Experience

Mr. Kusserow served eleven years as the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he was responsible for oversight over agencies with outlays of over $650 billion per year (38 percent of the annual outlays of the federal government). He provided management direction and program leadership for a staff of 1500, which included budget staff, auditors, program analysts and criminal investigators, located in headquarters and 60 regional and branch offices nationwide.  Mr. Kusserow established policy and published fraud/abuse regulations; provided policy direction for the conduct of audits, investigations and program inspections and evaluations relating to all programs and operations of the HHS.  During his tenure as IG, Mr. Kusserow realized over $90 billion in fines, savings, restitution and recovery for the HHS programs and the Treasury.  While IG, he testified before the United States Congress at over 100 hearings concerning the promotion of economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the Department’s programs and operations. He maintained liaison with Federal prosecution and investigative offices in matters involving national law enforcement planning in program fraud and other forms of white-collar crime.  His responsibilities included fire, safety and security for 1,600 buildings nationwide, in which HHS occupied a major portion of the buildings.  Mr. Kusserow established HHS policies for all aspects of security administration and guidelines for protection of classified documents and material pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 12065, National Security Information, and safeguarding of non-classified sensitive information.  He was appointed by the President in 1989 as a National Advisory Commissioner on Law Enforcement.  He served as a member of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency (1981-92); President’s Council on Management Improvement (1986 – 1992); Chief Financial Officer’s Council (1991–2); and Attorney Generals White Collar Advisory Board.  He chaired the National Task Force on implementation of Chief Financial Officer’s Act (1991-2).

Prior to becoming Inspector General, Mr. Kusserow served 11 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent and Supervisor. He was coordinating Supervisor of the seven squads constituting the Organized Crime Program in Chicago. This included;  (1) “Rackets Squad”, (2) “Joint FBI-DEA Task Force” the first joint program of this type; (3) “Undercover Surveillance/Technical Assistance” with 29 ground vehicles and two airplanes; (4)  “Organized White Collar Crime” focused on infiltration and corruption of legitimate business activities; (5) “Public Corruption” that countered criminal influence in government; (6) “Labor Racketeering”; and (7) “Top Hoodlum Program” designed to focus on organized crime leadership.  He was a recognized expert in program fraud and corruption investigations and lectured frequently at the FBI National Academy on these subjects.

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