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NSWC PCD Investigator Achieves Prestigious Certification

By Susan H. Lawson | NSWC PCD | Feb. 22, 2019

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Command Evaluation and Investigations (CE&I) Office Investigator Robert L. Malouin, Jr., successfully accomplished the Inspector General (IG) Hotline Advanced Investigator Certification Feb. 13, 2019.

Achieving this career milestone makes Malouin part of a small group of investigators across the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) enterprise to obtain the specialized IG certification.

"Malouin’s performance has exceeded expectations,” said Dennis Russell, NSWC PCD CIO manager. His experience and leadership has enhanced the performance and quality of our office. He has demonstrated Advanced Hotline Investigator capability by leading and conducting a variety of complex investigations in an independent, impartial, and objective manner."

According to Russell, this level of certification is held by fewer than 10 percent of investigators across the NAVSEA enterprise. The milestone is difficult to achieve, requiring multiple years of demonstrated investigative excellence; formal training; chain-of-command recommendation, and culminating in a challenging panel interview.

The NSWC PCD CE&I office is responsible for conducting investigations into suspected fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement.

The panel interview, arguably the most challenging aspect of the certification, was comprised of leaders from Naval IG and NAVSEA IG. Malouin’s interview was noted as setting the benchmark for excellence and was the best they have seen to date.

“I’ve spent a good portion of my professional life, since joining the Navy at the age of 17, caring about our Navy…I’m a Navy guy,” said Malouin. “Our office has an important role in the command’s efforts to eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. We provide the commander and Navy IG an unbiased and independent team at NSWC PCD.”

Malouin served in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, including several tours on U.S. Navy warships, prior to joining the civilian IG family. He began his civilian IG career at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 2015 and transferred to NSWC PCD in 2018.