As the Deputy Commissioner for Programs, Audrey O’Neill oversees Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Child Protective Investigations, and Statewide Intake.

Audrey joined DFPS in May 2023 as the Assistant Deputy Commissioner, providing strategic oversight and direction to ensure DFPS compliance with federal foster care litigation requirements and to further strengthen key DFPS programs and processes.

Before joining DFPS, Audrey was the Principal Deputy Inspector General and the Chief of Audits and Inspections for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). She provided strategic, agency-wide leadership and oversaw OIG’s Fraud Analytics and Data Operations Division, the Audit and Inspections Division, and the Data Reviews Division. Audrey spent the first 15 years of her career in state government with the State Auditor’s Office, where she was an Audit Manager and oversaw a variety of complex audits and investigations across state government.

Audrey received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Southwestern University and is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Audrey is deeply passionate about the mission of DFPS. As a former foster parent and a kinship parent, she believes strongly in helping children, adults, and families be successful together.