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Jun 15, 2009

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Truthful CItizen

The law doesn't say it has to be a good reason. To us, it looks like the President has fulfilled the letter of the law. So, if the Congress is annoyed because they think the President's reason for dismissal (that he no longer has "the fullest confidence" in Walpin) is not good enough, they only have themselves to blame.

Even if the law doesn't require a "good" reason, it does clearly require the actual, truthful reason. Providing a false reason doesn't satisfy the statute, because that would constitute withholding the reason.

To comply with the law, Obama should have announced that he fired Walpin because he wanted to protect a political crony, and wanted to be able to continue to loot the Treasury through Americorps. Saying that he lost confidence in Walpin was false -- in fact, he had all too much confidence that Walpin would do exactly what he was appointed to do.

Jim

I worked for an IG. They are political appointees who usually have some "unique" connection to the administration. Several IGs have lost support from the White House after making critical comments about a policy or decision. The IG serves both the Executive and Legislative branches, but the reality is, the Executive Branch runs the show. "The IG is an independent entity." Nonsense. Most are silenced by the head of the agency. Few IGs have survived in the long term. One survivor is Mr. Glenn Fine, DOJ/IG. Direct, honest and survivor. One who died on the vine: Clark Ervin, the first DHS/IG. Smart, straight forward individual, critical of Sec. Ridge and the administration. He lost support from the White House and in his place, an individual with ties to then VP Cheney.

I don't know Mr. Walpin, but in time the whole story will come out.

Politics at its best.

Scott

Power corrupts! This is an example of a person believing that he or she is above the law. Many in our Judicial Branch, and some in the IGs office, think this way. Congress has got to put a stop to it. At the State level, it is even worse. Life becomes a game for someone to beat.

Matt

The existing law says

http://pogoarchives.org/m/go/ig/hr-928.pdf

SEC. 3. REMOVAL OF INSPECTORS GENERAL.
(a) Establishments.--Section 3(b) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.)
is amended by striking the second sentence and inserting ``If an Inspector General is
removed from office or is transferred to another position or location within an
establishment, the President shall communicate in writing the reasons for any such
removal or transfer to both Houses of Congress, not later than 30 days before the removal
or transfer. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a personnel action otherwise
authorized by law, other than transfer or removal.''.
(b) Designated Federal Entities.--Section 8G(e) of the Inspector General Act of 1978
(5 U.S.C. App.) is amended by striking ``shall promptly communicate in writing the
reasons for any such removal or transfer to both Houses of the Congress.'' and inserting
``shall communicate in writing the reasons for any such removal or transfer to both
Houses of Congress, not later than 30 days before the removal or transfer. Nothing in this
subsection shall prohibit a personnel action otherwise authorized by law, other than
transfer or removal.''.

Obama obviously read the new part of the law stating that he no longer needed to "promptly communicate in writing the reasons" yet we are supposed to believe he didn't intentionally know that he need to give 30 days notice before doing what he did when it is in the very next sentence? This is unbelievable. Obama has done too much of this. He ISN'T following the "letter of the law" as you state. He is followed the parts of it he likes.

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