16
Jun
09

Money Laundering – Americorps (Updated)

Massive government spending with no accountability is a pattern of the Obama administration.   TARP funding to AIG, which in turn goes to Europe, GM bailout money which in turn goes to Brazil, and now Americorps money being monitored leads to the removal of an Inspector General:

President Obama is hoping you won’t notice his abrupt change of inspectors general over at Americorps, the government-run, taxpayer-subsidized “community service” boondoggle (which Republicans helped expand as part of the $6 billion GIVE/SERVE Act in March despite its wasteful track record. Thanks, Republicans).

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I highly recommend that you head over to the Americorps’ inspector general’s report site here. You can find the entire CUNY report here. Let me repeat what the IG found: Waste, duplication, ineffective spending, criminal background check lapses, and repeated violations of the grant rules. And they’re not doing anything about it.

Follow her links for a lot more information.

UPDATE: Byron York at the Washington Examiner posts an interview with Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General targeted by the Obama administration.

The method of Walpin’s firing could be a violation of the 2008 Inspectors General Reform Act, which requires the president to give Congress 30 days’ notice, plus an explanation of cause, before firing an inspector general.  Then-Sen. Barack Obama was a co-sponsor of that legislation. In the case of Walpin, Eisen’s efforts to force Walpin to resign could be seen as an effort to push Walpin out of his job so that the White House would not have to go through the 30-day process or give a reason for its action.  When Walpin refused to quit, the White House informed Congress and began the 30-day countdown.

Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley is investigating.

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