In Memoriam


In Memory of

Robert Van Etten

June 30, 2014


Funeral Service

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 1:00pm

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

10 County Road
Tenafly, New Jersey  07670


Office of the Executive Director
Bulletin #14-06

July 1, 2014

Deb and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Van Etten. Bob served as Inspector General, a role he held since joining the Port Authority in 1996. Throughout his tenure, he was dedicated to the mission of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and was a tireless advocate for the agency.

Through Bobís vision and advocacy, the OIG created the Fraud Prevention Program for the World Trade Center Reconstruction Projects, which was expanded to cover all large capital construction projects including the new Goethals Bridge, the Moynihan Station Development Project, the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, and the Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Resiliency Program. The Office also developed the Security Inspection Program to ensure the agencyís security programs were functioning as intended, as well as the Integrity Awareness Program to educate employees and contractors about ethical conduct. Under his leadership, the OIG also assumed the management of three Port Authority Police Department units: Internal Affairs, Civilian Complaint Investigations, and Absence Control.

Prior to joining the Port Authority, Bob enjoyed an equally esteemed career with the United States Department of the Treasury, where he held a number of positions, including Special Agent in Charge, New York Office, U.S. Customs Service. He was a founding father of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), and subsequently the FLEOA Foundation, which is dedicated to providing financial support and educational scholarships to the Federal law enforcement community. A graduate of Manhattan College, where he earned a degree in Business Administration, Robert also completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard Universityís John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Bobís great sense of humor, and his compassion for this agencyís employees, will be deeply missed.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, July 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 10 County Road, Tenafly, NJ. You may send condolences for Bobís family to the Office of Inspector General, 5 Marine View Plaza, Suite 502, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the FLEOA Foundation. If you wish to make a donation, you can do so by visiting the FLEOA Foundation website.

We ask that you keep Bobís family in your thoughts.

// Original Signed By //

Patrick J. Foye
Executive Director



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