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Dave Hoffman

Deputy Chief, Investigation & Operation

UC Sand Diego, Office of Ethics & Compliance


Mr. Hoffman is an internal investigator for the UC San Diego where he conducts whistleblower investigations for both main campus and the health sciences divisions. Mr. Hoffman also develops and provides workplace investigations training. Mr. Hoffman retired as a Special Agent in Charge in 2016 from the Office of Inspector General where he both conducted and managed investigations and led nationwide operational and administrative units that included responsibility for training and internal investigations. Mr. Hoffman led a 52 man unit that conducted nationwide investigations of misuse of $7.2B ARRA funding authorized during the Obama Administration, and led all executive level internal inquiries of misconduct and abuse by Presidential Appointees and SES agency officials. As a US Secret Service agent Mr. Hoffman served on the Presidential Protective Detail, in Washington, DC, New Haven, and Philadelphia. Mr. Hoffman was the lead investigator in the United States v. Timothy Lloyd matter involving the nation's first ever computer saboteur, and he was the lead investigator in a Procurement Act violation investigation that resulted in the worldwide suspension of all government contracting to IBM. He completed his graduate education at Florida State University where he received an MA in foreign policy. Mr. Hoffman also served as an explosives technician in the U.S. Marine Corps.