In this new age of supposed â€œtransparencyâ€ and â€œchangeâ€ in government, it appears that exposing the corruption of a FOO will get you fired and humiliated.http://www.alainsnewsletter.com/read/267/politics/where-is-media-outrage-over-firing-of-inspector-general-walpin/ Andrea Lafferty
Liberal reporters went into spasms when President Bush fired several U.S. Attorneys during his administration. Yet, these same reporters are strangely silent over the firing of Gerald Walpin, the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
President Obama claimed he had lost confidence in Walpin. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) is questioning the firing and the explanation for it. Obama has violated the Inspector General Reform Act, which requires the President to â€œcommunicate in writing â€¦ the reasons for any such removal.â€
The reform act was created to protect officials like Walpin from being forced out for political reasons. Yet, that appears to be precisely why he was fired.
Walpin was investigating the misuse of federal grant money by a non-profit group run by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA basketball star â€“ and Friend of Obama (FOO).
IG Walpin found that this non-profit was using Americorps grants to pay volunteers to engage in political activities, run personal errands for Johnson and even wash his car.
Walpinâ€™s investigation forced Johnsonâ€™s group to repay half of the $850,000 grant. He did his job, but in Washington, D.C., no good deed goes unpunished. In addition, Walpin recommended that Johnson be barred from receiving any future federal grants. He also took his concerns to Congress to ask that they help him deal with the Johnson grant scandal.
As Sen. Grassley has noted of Walpin: â€œThere have been no negative findings against Mr. Walpin by the Integrity Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and [Mr. Walpin] has identified millions of dollars in Americorps funds either wasted outright or spent in violation of established guidelines. In other words, it appears he has been doing his job. We cannot afford to have Inspector General independence threatened.â€
In this new age of supposed â€œtransparencyâ€ and â€œchangeâ€ in government, it appears that exposing the corruption of a FOO will get you fired and humiliated.
The Senate should conduct a thorough investigation into this firing and demand that Gerald Walpin be reinstated and permitted to continue to do his job!