David C. Williams’ appointment to the Postal Service Board of Governors by President Donald Trump was confirmed by the Senate in August of 2018. Williams, a native of Illinois, is serving the remainder of a seven-year term expiring Dec. 8, 2019. He was elected vice chairman of the Board of Governors on Sept. 13, 2018, and also appointed chairman of the board’s Temporary Emergency Committee.
Williams retired from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (IG) in 2016. He had served as IG since August 20, 2003, and was responsible for a staff of more than 1,125 employees. Since March of 2016, he has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
In July 2011, Williams was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as vice chairman of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board. He also served as the deputy assistant administrator for Aviation Operations at the Transportation Security Administration from August 2002 until August 2003, where he managed the Aviation Inspection Program at federalized airports.
Williams has served as IG for five federal agencies. He was first appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve as IG for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1989 to 1996. President William Clinton next appointed him IG for the Social Security Administration from 1996 to 1998, and then as IG for of the Department of the Treasury in 1998. In 1999, President Clinton named him as the first IG for Tax Administration of the Department of Treasury, where he directed a staff of 1,050 to detect fraud, waste and abuse. In 2001, President George W. Bush named Williams the acting IG for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, while he was also serving at the Department of the Treasury.
A U.S. Army veteran, Williams is the recipient of the Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam. He began his civilian federal career as a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Moving up the career ladder, he served as Director of Operations in the Office of Labor Racketeering at the Department of Labor; supervisory staff investigator for the President’s Commission on Organized Crime; and as Director of the Office of Special Investigations at the U.S. General Accounting Office.
Williams graduated from Southern Illinois University and received master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois. He also attended the U.S. Military Intelligence Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the U.S. Secret Service Training Academy.