Office of Inspector General
Inspector General's Biography
Martin J. Dickman
Martin J. Dickman was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate as Inspector General of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) in October 1994. As Inspector General, he is responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness; and for detecting any waste, fraud, or abuse in the programs and operations of the RRB.
RRB, an independent Federal agency headquartered in Chicago, administers comprehensive disability, retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness insurance benefit programs for the nation's railroad workers and their families. The RRB also has administrative responsibilities for certain benefit payments under the Social Security Act and administers Medicare Part B, the physician service aspect of the Medicare program, for qualified railroad beneficiaries.
The RRB's central mission is to pay accurate and timely benefits. During fiscal year 2009, the RRB paid approximately $10.5 billion in retirement and survivor benefits to 589,000 beneficiaries. RRB also paid roughly $154.1 million in net unemployment and sickness insurance benefits to almost 24,000 unemployment insurance beneficiaries and 18,000 sickness insurance beneficiaries. As of September 30, 2009, the Railroad Medicare Part B carrier paid over $900 million in medical insurance benefits for approximately 468,000 beneficiaries.
Before his appointment as Inspector General, Mr. Dickman served from 1991-94 as a prosecutor for the Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney's Financial and Governmental Crimes Task Force. His responsibilities included the investigation, indictment, and prosecution of criminal cases involving governmental and white collar crimes.
From 1972-91, Mr. Dickman was a member of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago. At the Board of Trade, he served as the presiding judicial officer at Exchange judicial hearings, and as a Director and Member of the Executive Committee. He established policy, long-range strategic plans, and international development for the multi-million dollar entity. He also developed legal and administrative policies, and approved budgets for over 800 staff employees and 3,000 members.
Mr. Dickman has conducted legal research and assisted in trial preparation as an Associate with the Law Firm of Peter Fitzpatrick and Associates in Chicago, 1973-89; and presided over tax-related disputes as a Hearings Referee for the Illinois Department of Revenue, 1976-80. He has also interpreted and drafted legislation as Legislative Counsel for the minority leadership of the Illinois House of Representatives, 1972-73; and represented the City of Chicago in various aspects of civil litigation as an Assistant Corporation Counsel, 1970-72.
A native of Chicago, Mr. Dickman is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. 1966) and DePaul University College of Law (J.D. 1969). Mr. Dickman is a member of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and has been an active member of the Association of Inspectors General since 1999. In addition, Mr. Dickman is a guest lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.