Hannibal “Mike” Ware was sworn in as Inspector General on May 24, 2018, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He is responsible for independent oversight of SBA’s programs and operations. As a result of SBA’s role in the nation’s pandemic response, he is providing oversight of over a trillion dollars of lending authority aimed at stabilizing the nation’s economy and providing capital to the nation’s small businesses. He also is a statutory member of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’s (CIGIE) Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC). Within PRAC, Inspector General Ware chairs the Subcommittee on Audits. In addition, he serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee for CIGIE, is a member of CIGIE’s Executive Council, and serves on the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Board of Regents.
Prior to his appointment to be the Inspector General, from April 2016 to January 2017, Mr. Ware served as the Deputy Inspector General, and he served as the Acting Inspector General from January 2017. Mr. Ware has 30 years of experience within the OIG community, the first 26 years being with the Department of Interior (DOI) OIG.
Mr. Ware is a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands and holds a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from the University of the Virgin Islands. He also is a graduate of the Senior Executive Service Career Development Program. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including several awards from CIGIE as recognition for his significant work in the Inspector General community.