During his 32 year federal law enforcement career, Gerald “Jerry” Garren served in influential and executive leadership positions at large and small federal law enforcement agencies. His career investigating and directing international money laundering, government contract and procurement fraud, false claims and other complex white collar and financial crimes can be invaluable to his clients.
Jerry began his federal career as a Special Agent for the (former) U.S. Customs Service where he built expertise investigating transnational organizations involved in money laundering organizations and customs fraud. His understanding of financial crimes ultimately led to his successes while serving in critical roles such as advisor to the Customs Commissioner and the Enforcement Under Secretary at the Department of the Treasury.
Following the 911 attacks, Jerry became a DHS plankowner and assisted “C suite” executives as a trusted advisor and problem solver by contributing to the monumental governmental effort to create Homeland Security Investigations through his service as Deputy Chief of Staff. In addition to keeping the agency and executives on track, Jerry served as the primary point of coordination for field executives addressing large and small scale critical incidents and was pivotal in coordinating the massive DHS response to Hurricane Katrina.
In 2007, Jerry was recruited to be the Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Investigations for the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General, where he became responsible for the revitalization of the agency’s national investigative strategy. His deep understanding of financial crime was instrumental in helping to create solutions utilizing effective targeting strategies exploiting data mining and analysis. Moreover, Jerry was responsible for identifying critical vulnerabilities in an important Treasury program and leading the charge to implement the internal controls necessary to prevent the program from being exploited by money launderers. These efforts to stem financial crime were recognized in an award from the President’s Council on Integrity and Ethics.
Again, Jerry was recruited away to serve as the Director of Operations for the General Services Administration’s Office of Inspector General, where he oversaw the agency’s law enforcement programs, policy, equipment, budget, and personnel. In 2013, he transferred internally within GSA OIG to the position of Special Agent in Charge of the agency’s flagship National Capital and Mid-Atlantic regions, where he was responsible for the executive functions for two regions, while simultaneously directing investigations and audits of financial crime associated with GSA’s contracts and programs- ultimately leading to the recovery of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. In addition to directing contract and procurement fraud investigations and audits, Jerry was often personally called upon to discretely investigate allegations of ethics, conflict of interest, whistleblower, employee relations, and miscellaneous matters involving Presidential appointees and other high-ranking government executives.
Jerry is a graduate of Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, and the Federal Executive Institute’s in-resident leadership program that is associated with the University of Virginia. He holds and maintains the Certified Fraud Examiner credential.