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James G. Sheehan

James G. Sheehan

NY State Office of Attorney General
Chief, Charities Bureau
New York, NY, USA


Mr. Sheehan was appointed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in January 2014 as the new chief of the Charities Bureau, the division of the New York Attorney General’s office that supervises charitable organizations. The Charities Bureau is responsible for enforcement activities, trust regulation, oversight and public outreach for the over 90,000 New York nonprofits whose employees make up the largest nonprofit sector in this country. Previously, Mr. Sheehan served as New York’s first Chief Integrity Officer of the Human Resources Administration (HRA), the nation’s largest social services agency with over 14,000 employees. As Chief Integrity Officer, he was responsible for both internal (employee) and external (health care providers, contractors and beneficiaries) program integrity and compliance for HRA. Mr. Sheehan previously served as the first New York State Medicaid Inspector General from 2007 through 2011, and pioneered the use of data analysis tools to identify improper claims in the nation’s most generous Medicaid program. He had been the Associate U.S. Attorney for Civil Programs in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), working in that office from 1980 until 2007. He graduated from Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School.
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