Kathleen Wylie Receives Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service
Wylie is the only recipient of the prestigious honor this year
BATON ROUGE – Kathleen Wylie, deputy director for the National Center for Disaster Fraud, located at LSU, recently received the top public service award granted by the United State Department of Justice. Wylie received the Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service during the Attorney General’s 59th Annual Awards Ceremony, held in October in Washington, D.C.
The Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service is designed to recognize the most significant contributions of citizens and organizations that have assisted the Department of Justice in the accomplishment of its mission and objectives. One Meritorious Public Service Award was presented this year.
Wylie was honored for her outstanding leadership and management of the National Center for Disaster Fraud, or NCDF. Since 2005, the NCDF has served as a national resource for receipt and intake of reports from the public about possible fraud relating to disasters of all types, and for the dissemination and referral of those reports to the field offices of appropriate federal law enforcement.
“Just being nominated for this award is a true honor,” Wylie said. “The accomplishments of the NCDF mean so much to everyone – the Department of Justice, our law enforcement partners, the tax payers and, most importantly, the victims of so many disasters. It is a privilege to know that we do make a difference.”
Wylie has been instrumental in the creation of the NCDF’s physical plant at LSU, and the procurement of equipment and facilities for multiple federal agencies to work at the plant. She rapidly established an effective national call-center operation that could receive hundreds of disaster-related fraud reports from the public per week. She also played a critical role in persuading multiple law enforcement agencies to direct their disaster fraud hotlines to the NCDF, and in persuading multiple federal investigative agencies and inspectors general to provide critical analytical and agent support for the NCDF.
Today, the NCDF has become an invaluable resource for United States Attorney’s Offices, federal investigative agencies and inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement agencies in the timely referral of complaints about disaster-related fraud and analysis of critical disaster-fraud trends.
Wylie has previously been honored with the FBI Director’s Award for Exceptional Public Service in 2006, LSU Outstanding Service Award in 2007 and FBI Exceptional Service in the Public Interest in 2008.
The Attorney General's Annual Awards Ceremony provides an important opportunity to celebrate the United State Department of Justice’s many critical and most noteworthy achievements over the past year.