The South African Inspector General for Intelligence is to speak at John Jay College on Thursday March 6th. at 9:00 AM. A light breakfast buffet will be provided starting at 8:30 AM. The event is being sponsored by the College and the New York New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Inspectors General. Joining the panel as a discussant will be Eric Feldman, the former Inspector General of the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
Space may be limited and attendance requires an advance RSVP. To reserve a seat, click here to RSVP Online.
The Inspector General’s function is to carry out independent, civilian oversight of the Republic of South Africa’s Intelligence Services, which includes the Domestic and Foreign Branches of the State Security Agency, and the Intelligence Divisions of the South African Defense Force and Police Service. In this capacity the IG oversees the intelligence and counter intelligence activities of the South African Intelligence Services to determine their compliance with the country’s constitutional and legislative framework. The Inspector General also investigates complaints lodged by members of the public and members of the Intelligence Services on alleged maladministration or abuse of powers by the Services. The stated mission of the Inspector General is “[t]o provide assurance to the people that the [Intelligence] Services operate within the values of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.”
The Inspector General is appointed by the President after a process of nomination by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and approval thereof by at least two-thirds of the members of Parliament.
Ambassador, Advocate Faith Doreen Radebe was appointed Inspector General of Intelligence of the Republic of South Africa in 2010. Prior to becoming Inspector General she served as South Africa’s High Commissioner to all Caribbean community countries. She previously served as a Special Legal Advisor on conditions of service for the Intelligence Service Council and a Senior Manager in the Office of the Coordinator for Intelligence (NICOC). She also held positions in the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) as a manager and coordinator for source relocation and as a manager for special projects.
Eric Feldman retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011 with over 32 years of experience in Inspector General oversight and federal auditing, in both the Executive and Legislative branches of government. He has served in executive positions with Offices of Inspector General at the Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency, and CIA, and was the longest serving Inspector General of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from 2003-2009. At the NRO, he presided over a highly successful procurement fraud prevention and detection program, widely recognized by the Department of Justice as a model throughout the federal government.
Members of the NYNJ Chapter of the Association of Inspectors General can receive Continuing Professional Education credits. Documentation forms will be available at the event.