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Cathleen A. Berrick

Managing Director, Defense Capabilities and Management

Areas of Expertise:

  • Managing Director of the Defense Capabilities and Management team

Cathleen Berrick is the Managing Director of the Defense Capabilities and Management team. The team examines GAO’s defense related work to include force structure, readiness, logistics, infrastructure, base closures, defense budgets, emerging threats, business transformation, and military and civilian human capital issues.

Cathleen previously served as Managing Director of GAO’s Homeland Security and Justice and Forensic Audits and Investigative Services teams. She joined GAO in 2002. Prior to joining GAO, Cathleen held numerous positions at DOD and the U.S. Postal Service. Most recently, at the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Cathleen provided oversight over activities of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, a Federal law enforcement and security agency of 4,500 criminal investigative and support personnel, with an annual budget of approximately $500 million. At the DOD Office of Inspector General, Cathleen led numerous reviews of agency acquisition, transportation, and logistics operations, identifying monetary savings to the federal government in the millions of dollars.

Cathleen was honored by the Partnership for Public Service for being a finalist for a Service to America Medal in Homeland Security in 2009. She was also awarded the 2005 William A. Jump Memorial Foundation’s Meritorious Award, awarded to one federal employee annually under the age of 37 for exemplary achievement in Public Administration, and GAO’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and 2012. Cathleen also received the GAO Comptroller General Award, the office’s highest honor, in 2013. Cathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Heidelberg College.


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