Joseph I. Hungate III is the Principal Deputy Inspector General for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and Chief Operating Officer of this $152 million, 837 staff, Independent Audit/Law Enforcement Treasury Bureau. In fiscal year 2010 TIGTA identified monetary benefits totaling more than $11 billion despite operating at reduced staffing levels. TIGTA is routinely recognized as a best place to work, ranking 18th out of 224 agencies in the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work in the Government 2010 publication.
Hungate has previously served as the bureau’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer. In 2007 his contributions were recognized with a Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive. Hungate has more than 25 years of professional experience in the areas of research, development, and fielding and evaluating information systems and finance.
Hungate has also served at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and its Office of Inspector General. While at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, he performed and led research and test development in emerging computer technologies and represented the Federal Government at national and international information technology standards bodies. Most notable were his contributions that resulted in establishing the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) guidelines for application program interfaces. At the Office of Inspector General he managed evaluations/inspections of the Department of Commerce activities in acquiring or developing and implementing state-of-the-art information technology systems. He was awarded the Department’s Bronze Medal for outstanding technical analysis critical to the success of the 2000 Decennial Census. Prior to joining TIGTA in May 2000, Hungate was the Associate Director of the Information Resource Management Office with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. He was responsible for research and development efforts of new information technology architectures and systems management in support of international public health goals.
Hungate lived in Texas until age 11 and then spent the remainder of his early years in Columbia, South Carolina. Hungate earned a Bachelor of Science in 1979 and Master of Science degree in Computer Science in 1981 from the University of South Carolina. He began his career with General Electric’s Industrial Automation operation in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was involved in General Electric’s drive to digitize manufacturing, primarily in the area of robotics. He later took a position with TRW where he was responsible for the development and installation of a critical Naval Intelligence system, remaining overseas for four years to provide support for the system. This system provided crucial support to the Navy during events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the break-up of the Soviet Union and the first Gulf War. During his career with TRW, Hungate was recognized with many management awards, including an achievement award for affirmative action. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three daughters.