Editor’s Note – One must wonder what effect a permanent Inspector General would have made on the State Department, especially regarding the fiasco in Benghazi, Libya on 9-11, but the fact that there was no leadership in that department bodes many questions.
Hillary Clinton was lauded for her service by a vast number of people and the media, but the evidence just continues to pile up that her leadership was actually severely lacking. We may never know the whole story, but we ask again, where were the diplomatic victories at State? What during her tenure can anyone point to that is positive, and therefore making the case for how well she served?
By Noel Brinkerhoff – AllGov.com
Tired of waiting for the Obama administration to act, Republican and Democratic lawmakers recently wrote to the White House and the State Department about the latter’s lack of an inspector general (IG).
It has been five years since the State Department had a permanent IG, leaving the office in the hands of deputy inspector general Harold W. Geisel.
That’s far too long, as far as House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-California) and ranking Democrat Eliot Engel (D-New York) are concerned. They wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to find someone for President Barack Obama to appoint.
Another group of lawmakers wrote to Obama expressing their own concerns about installing a permanent IG, who is needed to assure that the State Department is working to prevent waste, fraud and abuse, they said.
No other agency in the federal government has had an inspector general vacancy as long as the State Department has. The last State Department IG, Howard Krongard, resigned effective January 15, 2008, after allegations that he had blocked investigations into Iraq-related contract fraud and alleged arms smuggling by Blackwater Worldwide (now Academi).
The vacancy was the subject of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (pdf) two years ago. The GAO pointed out that relying on U.S. ambassadors to lead inspector general inspections “resulted in, at a minimum, the appearance of independence impairment.”
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