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Williams Bridgers: Assessing the Finer Aspects of U.S. Foreign Policy

Williams Bridgers: Assessing the Finer Aspects of U.S. Foreign Policy

Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers (Sam Kittner/

The Parnership for Public Service via The Washington Post

“We reported this to DOD and they responded with new guidance and internal controls so that individuals would be held accountable,’ said Williams-Bridgers.

Williams-Bridgers has held several government jobs. She served the Clinton administration as inspector general of the State Department, the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and later the U.S. Information Agency and the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

As inspector general, she led the program evaluation, audit and criminal investigation organizations that were responsible for oversight of U.S. foreign policy implementation, U.S. embassy operations, embassy security and U.S. intelligence overseas.

Harry Geisel, the current acting inspector general at the State Department, called Williams-Bridgers someone who “thinks outside the box” and gets results.

Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management at the State Department, said Williams-Bridgers understands the policy environment she is working in, maintains high ethical standards and seeks to work with other officials on issues of mutual concern.

“She is smart, tough, a good team player and a problem solver,” Kennedy said. “She is always willing to work to resolve issues while upholding GAO’s standards.”

Williams-Bridgers said her government job has been exciting, rewarding and a constant learning experience. “It’s like coming to school every day. My mind is always being stretched,” she said.

This article was jointly prepared by the Partnership for Public Service, a group seeking to enhance the performance of the federal government, and Visit for more about the organization’s work and go to to nominate a federal employee for a Service to America Medal.

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