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Blanche Bruce
Deputy Inspector General

Bruce PhotoMs. Bruce joins the OIG after a distinguished career as Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. There, she led and managed complex criminal and civil investigations. She investigated and prosecuted sensitive public corruption cases including a joint DC OIG/FBI case that involved the misuse of special education DCPS funds; health care matters including Medicaid issues; and sophisticated financial crimes such as illegal tax shelters, bank fraud, wire fraud, and advance fee schemes. In addition, she defended federal agencies and officials against employment discrimination lawsuits and represented the federal government in tort and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases.

Ms. Bruce also served as an AUSA in Detroit, Michigan and as a trial attorney with the Justice Departmentís Antitrust Division. She has been lead attorney in more than 50 jury and bench trials before federal courts in Washington, D.C. and Detroit, Michigan; and the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Bruce taught trial advocacy to new AUSAs at the Justice Departmentís National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina and second year law students at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Michigan bars.

Ms. Bruce joined the Justice Department through the Attorney General Honors Program after graduating from Howard University School of Law.