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Washington Examiner: What's Behind Obama's Sudden Attempt to Fire the AmeriCorps Inspector General?

The IG, Gerald Walpin found abuse, found misuse of funds -- $850,000 worth of grant money that was misused -- by the St. Hope Foundation in Sacramento, California. The US attorney in that region declined the case. But the St. Hope Foundation gave back $400,000, almost half of it -- and the IG, the inspector general was fired.

There are inspector generals for every federal agency, and they are not political, and they are there to investigate any malfeasance, any fraud, waste, theft, what have you. And they are not subject to - theoretically they are not subject to - political pressure. Firing one is a big deal. Alberto Gonzales as attorney general fired a couple of US attorneys. He took hell for it. This is bigger. IGs are supposed to be completely above politics.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:31 PM on Jun. 12, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (3)
  • He says he lost confidence in the guy. I wouldn't have much confidence in anyone Bush appointed either :P The guy spent all this time and effort digging into the Johnson/Americorps issue, and finally when he referred the matter to the Attorney General this is what they had to say:

    In August 2008, Walpin referred the matter to the local U.S. attorney's office, which said the IG's conclusions seemed overstated and did not accurately reflect all the information gathered in the investigation.

    Doesn't sound like he's a very competent inspector general :)


    Answer by SRiveroC at 12:23 AM on Jun. 13, 2009

  • Read about this someplace else.

    Walpin sounds competent to me, he found something.

    The head of the St. Hope Foundation is a good buddy of Obama's.


    And you need to love it or Obama will fire you, too!



    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 4:31 AM on Jun. 13, 2009

  • I read this yesterday in USA Today in their "The Oval" section (it covers what's going on in Obama's presidency). USAToday is very pro-Obama; this story was only 10 sentences long, and the last sentence read "Kevin Johnson (the head of the St Hope Foundation) was an Obama supporter." I was surprised that they even admitted that.

    Answer by plylerjones at 8:28 AM on Jun. 13, 2009

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