Assistant Administrator, Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA)
Mr. Carl A. Mayes was appointed Assistant Administrator (AA) for the Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA) in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at USDA in February 2015. He leads the Agency’s surveillance and investigation activities for incidents of foodborne illness outbreaks, recalls, natural disasters and intentional contamination. Mr. Mayes also oversees state and foreign audit programs and enforcement and litigation functions.
Mr. Mayes joined FSIS in August 2009 and was named the Deputy, Chief Information Officer for the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) in 2012. As OCIO’s Deputy Chief Information Officer he was responsible for implementing OCIO’s technology plan for modernizing the Agency’s applications and infrastructure. In October 2014, he was appointed to serve as OIEA’s Acting Assistant Administrator.
Prior to joining FSIS, Mr. Mayes was with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) where he served as the Mission Application Division Chief for Counterintelligence (CI) and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) software applications overseeing the daily operations of over 200 personnel. Mr. Mayes entered federal service in 2006 with the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) where he worked closely within the United States Intelligence Community (I.C.) with such agencies as the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AF OSI), Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) and other I.C. members to further U.S. national objectives.
Previously, Mr. Mayes spent 21 years in the United States Air Force (USAF) where he served as the Deputy Inspector General for the 480th Intelligence Wing (IW) at Langley Air Force Base (LAFB). While serving as USAF’s Deputy Inspector General he managed Fraud, Waste & Abuse complaints and audits, as well as compliance and quality assurance inspections for units actively involved in wartime and contingency operations worldwide. Before moving into this position, Mr. Mayes was the Squadron Superintendent for the 27th Intelligence Support Squadron at LAFB, where he ensured personnel were trained and available to meet the organization’s mission of processing near-real-time intelligence, and disseminating Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance information worldwide. During his time with the USAF, Mr. Mayes also served as the Chief of Database Services, 82nd Computer Support Squadron, LAFB, where he led a team managing and maintaining a multi-million dollar U.S. State Department payroll system. Mr. Mayes was stationed at different bases stateside and overseas during his time with USAF and spent his first 12 years with the Security Forces performing law enforcement and security duties.
Mr. Mayes graduated from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia with a Masters of Business Administration and received a Masters of Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems/Management and Accounting/Management from Park University, Parkville, MO.