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  • Executive Branch Corruption?

    06/21/2009 8:43:54 AM PDT · by FromLori · 23 replies · 1,097+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 6/20/09 | Karl Denninger
    Corruption is a strong word, but it appears warranted given the two stories of import this weekend. First, on the firing of inspectors general: WASHINGTON - -- He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system. But now Neil Barofsky is embroiled in a dispute with the Obama administration that delayed one recent inquiry and sparked questions about his ability to freely investigate. Treasury, you see, is refusing to turn over documents - items that Barofsky believes he needs to do his job properly. Mr. Barofsky's job is, for...
  • Inspector General Walpin scandal reflects money's role in politics

    06/21/2009 4:23:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 732+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2009 | Salena Zito
    The upside to Gerald Walpin’s firing as inspector general for the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps is that he could appear in one of those “Organizing for America” ads that highlight Americans who have lost their jobs along with their health care. It’s just a thought. Walpin became the center of some media attention last week for suspending Barack Obama supporter Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and now mayor of Sacramento, for irregularities in his use of federal money when he ran a charity. Walpin was asked by the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service to...
  • Obama Ally [ACORN] Tries To Squelch Another Whistleblower

    06/20/2009 2:05:55 PM PDT · by USMCVIETVET · 13 replies · 1,239+ views
    MaggiesFarm ^ | 6/20/09 | Bruce Kesler
    In the wake of trying to squelch three federal Inspector Generals, there’s this story about how those who try to expose Obama, Obama administration, and Obama ally activities are dealt with.
  • Removal of an inspector

    06/20/2009 7:09:36 AM PDT · by safetysign · 18 replies · 1,264+ views
    The Washigton Times ^ | 06/19/2009 | Bill Wilson
    In firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin last week, President Obama probably thought he and his wife, Michelle, were the ones "sending the message." After all, dispensing petty political retribution on behalf of one's crooked friends is the "Chicago way," is it not? And the firing of Mr. Walpin would no doubt have lasting benefits for the Obamas, too, seeing as inspectors general throughout the federal government would get the message that "FOBAMs" - or "Friends of Barack and Michelle" - were not to be touched in the future. What Mr. and Mrs. "Hope and Change" failed to take into...
  • Stand up for Inspector General

    06/20/2009 8:20:08 AM PDT · by YaZhynka · 9 replies · 588+ views
    http://Gopetition.com/online/28746.html ^ | June 20, 2009 | Richard Jarzynka
    We, the undersigned, respectfully demand that the Judiciary Committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives formally investigate the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin by President Obama. Sign the petition at: gopetition.com/online/28746.html
  • CNN's Dobbs Interviews Fmr Inspector Gen Who Charges Obama Sending 'Chilling Message'

    06/19/2009 12:53:02 PM PDT · by jacknhoo · 38 replies · 2,483+ views
    newsbusters ^ | June 19, 2009 | By Brad Wilmouth
    GERALD WALPIN All I know is that what was done was wrong, and it was done, I think, to send a chilling message to all inspectors general that they should not touch any hot topics. LOU DOBBS: Not to touch any hot topics, by which- WALPIN: I mean topics that may be close to somebody who is at the pinnacle of power.
  • Third Inspector General Controversy Emerges (International Trade Commission)

    06/19/2009 2:31:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,622+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 19, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    As the Obama administration faces questions about the president's firing of the Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General last week, and about the Treasury Department challenging the independence of the Special Inspector General dedicated to federal bailout dollars for the financial bailout money, a third inspector general controversy has emerged. This week Judith Gwynn, the Inspector General for the International Trade Commission, was told that her contract would not be renewed. The news was delivered to Gwynn within three hours of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sending the chair of the ITC a letter asking about a March 5...
  • IG Seeks Help in Stamping Out Afghanistan Reconstruction Fraud

    06/19/2009 5:37:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 229+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2009 – The inspector general who tracks Afghanistan reconstruction has sent out a call for help in stamping out fraud, mismanagement and waste of U.S. appropriated reconstruction funds. Arnold Fields, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said that without help from people involved in the process, millions of taxpayer dollars could be wasted. “Weak oversight means we are open to wasting valuable taxpayer dollars, as has reportedly happened in Iraq.” Fields said. “We need the help of those on the front lines of U.S. funded reconstruction projects, including U.S. government employees, military servicemembers, contractors and the...
  • FBI e-mail investigation fingers White House?

    06/18/2009 3:21:39 AM PDT · by Man50D · 64 replies · 2,545+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | June 17, 2009
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun looking into a dispute that is linked to an AmeriCorps money scandal that has fingers pointing all the way up to the White House because of President Obama's dismissal of an inspector general who was on the case. According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown has confirmed the agency is looking into the "circumstances" regarding the alleged destruction of e-mails regarding a dispute over the handling of money at Mayor Kevin Johnson's "brainchild" St. HOPE Academy, which had been investigated after allegations that public funds were...
  • The Smearing of Gerald Walpin

    06/18/2009 5:43:26 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 19 replies · 1,677+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 19, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Oversight: If the White House really believes that AmeriCorps' inspector general was "confused" and "disoriented," how about open congressional hearings where the American people can see for themselves?The storm that erupted after the firing with one hour's notice of Gerald Walpin, the inspector general overseeing AmeriCorps, has not died down. Pressed for an explanation as to the reasons for the firing and why the law requiring Congress to be given notice and reasons 30 days in advance was not followed, the White House has resorted to old-time Chicago-style political smears.
  • Three inspectors general fired

    06/18/2009 5:37:46 PM PDT · by tunedin · 66 replies · 4,943+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 18, 2009 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten
    WASHINGTON - -- He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system. But now Neil Barofsky is embroiled in a dispute with the Obama administration that delayed one recent inquiry and sparked questions about his ability to freely investigate. The disagreement stems from a claim by the Treasury Department that Barofsky is not entirely independent of the agency he is assigned to examine ¿ a claim that has prompted a stern letter from a Republican senator warning that agency officials are encroaching on the integrity of an office created...
  • Special Report to Congress OIG Corporation for National and Community Service (Walpin's Report)

    06/18/2009 3:15:26 PM PDT · by dervish · 16 replies · 872+ views
    (p. 26) The decision by the Corporation and the U.S. Attorney to cut out OIG and agree to this Settlement Agreement was injurious to the Federal government as a whole and specifically to the Corporation and the hard-working and dedicated staff of the Office of Inspector General. First, the settlement sends the signal that acceptance of a grantee or its principal as “responsible” can be purchased in a monetary settlement, overriding all evidence of wrongdoing previously found to warrant a suspension, without the presentation of any contradicting evidence. Settlement Agreements are supposed to settle the liability of the grantee and...
  • EDITORIAL: A witness to Walpin-gate

    06/18/2009 12:20:15 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 203 replies · 5,977+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, June 18, 2009 | editorial
    (snip) "..Our witness, a staff member, said the board was hostile and rude. He said the board repeatedly interrupted Mr. Walpin and peppered him with questions on multiple issues. He fully confirmed Mr. Walpin's account that the board excused Mr. Walpin for 15 minutes and that when Mr. Walpin returned to find his notepapers out of order, the board refused to give him time to get them straight. Mr. Walpin says he had been working around the clock and was becoming ill at the meeting. Still, any confusion, the witness said, stemmed at least as much from the board's hectoring...
  • White House: Firing AmeriCorps IG an act of "political courage"

    06/18/2009 11:54:03 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 111 replies · 3,679+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 18, 2009 | By Byron York
    A top White House lawyer called the firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin an act of "political courage," according to House Republican aides who were in a meeting with the lawyer Wednesday. Norman Eisen, who is the White House Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, met with staffers for Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday. Eisen, along with another White House staffer who accompanied him, "wanted to talk broadly about inspectors general," says a GOP aide familiar with what went on at the meeting....
  • Obama has fired 2 IGs in 2 weeks, leashed another

    06/18/2009 5:59:32 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 79 replies · 2,181+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 06/18/2009 | Free America
    The firing of Gerald Walpin as Inspector General was not an isolated incident, as the Chicago Tribune reports today. Two more IGs have been dismissed in the past two weeks, and Senator Charles Grassley has started demanding answers. The sudden push to rid the government of independent watchdogs appears to coincide with Barack Obama’s plans to use government spending to get control over more aspects of American life, such as with stimulus spending, the financial sector, and volunteer organizations (via Dan Riehl):
  • Pocket Obama (Kevin Johnson) Nasty Personal Attack against Inspector General That Obama Fired

    06/17/2009 1:38:12 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 16 replies · 1,265+ views
    you tube ^ | Naked Emperor News
    Pocket Obama (Kevin Johnson) Nasty Personal Attack against Inspector General That Obama Fired
  • Obama Accuses Fired Inspector General of AmeriCorps of Being 'Confused, Disoriented'

    06/17/2009 10:50:34 AM PDT · by LottieDah · 72 replies · 1,947+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Responding to criticism from a Senate Democratic ally, President Obama explained why he fired the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps without the 30-day notification required by law, calling Gerald Walpin so "confused" and "disoriented" that there was reason to question "his capacity to serve." In a letter to the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Committee that oversees AmeriCorps, Obama listed these alleged defects in Walpin's leadership as an Inspector General.
  • Obama Accuses Fired Inspector General of AmeriCorps of Being 'Confused, Disoriented'

    06/17/2009 6:30:55 AM PDT · by ak267 · 66 replies · 1,980+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2009 | ak267
    WASHINGTON -- Responding to criticism from a Senate Democratic ally, President Obama explained why he fired the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps without the 30-day notification required by law, calling Gerald Walpin so "confused" and "disoriented" that there was reason to question "his capacity to serve."
  • Obama Accuses Fired Inspector General of AmeriCorps of Being 'Confused, Disoriented' (WOW)

    06/16/2009 9:25:45 PM PDT · by pissant · 280 replies · 12,004+ views
    Fox ^ | 6/16/09 | Majpor Garrett
    WASHINGTON -- Responding to criticism from a Senate Democratic ally, President Obama explained why he fired the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps without the 30-day notification required by law, calling Gerald Walpin so "confused" and "disoriented" that there was reason to question "his capacity to serve." In a letter to the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Committee that oversees AmeriCorps, Obama listed these alleged defects in Walpin's leadership as an Inspector General. * Removed after unanimous request from the AmeriCorps board of directors * At May, 20, 2009, board meeting Walpin "was confused, disoriented and unable to answer questions and...
  • Obama ousts AmeriCorps' IG who investigated friend

    06/15/2009 10:07:21 PM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies · 582+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | June 12, 2009 | ANN SANNER and PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he has lost confidence in the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs and has told Congress he is removing him from the position. Obama's move follows an investigation by IG Gerald Walpin finding misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star. Walpin was criticized by the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento for the way he handled an investigation of Johnson and St. HOPE Academy, a nonprofit group that received hundreds of thousands...