Outstanding Alumni Award - John Hartman
John Hartman received his B.S. in criminal justice from KU in 1987 and his M.S. in justice studies from The American University in 1989. Hartman began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a special agent with the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General. He has been with the Department of Energy's OIG since 1990, serving in a variety of positions: special agent (1990-1994), operations officer (1994- 1997), assistant special agent-in-charge (1997-1998) and deputy AIGI (2000- 2001).
Hartman is currently the assistant inspector general for investigations at the United States Department of Energy. He has full leadership responsibility for all aspects of the programs, operations and resources of the Office of Investigations. OIG agents have a full range of law enforcement authority: to carry firearms, to execute search warrants, and to make arrests. They investigate allegations of contract and grant fraud, including environment, safety and health violations, such as illegal disposal of hazardous waste; computer crimes, including network hacking; and ethical lapses by department officials, such as bribery and kickbacks.
Hartman completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University in 1999. In 2007, he received the prestigious Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award, which is given each year to recognize a select group of career members of the Executive Service who have provided exceptional service to the American people over an extended period of time. Investigations under Hartman's leadership have routinely received recognition from the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency.
Hartman's achievements, leadership and contributions have been exceptional. The faculty members of the Department of Criminal Justice are pleased to announce he has been selected as the recipient of the department's first Outstanding Alumni Award.