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Obama Broke Law Firing AmeriCorps IG

From a press release from Senator Charles Grassely, via Iowa Politics:


Mr. Obama signs the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act which trebled the AmeriCorps budget.

Grassley calls on administration to safeguard independence of Inspectors General

Thursday, June 11, 2009

WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Grassley is urging the administration to follow the letter and spirit of the law, which the President co-sponsored as legislation as a U.S. senator in 2007, regarding the dismissal of the Inspector General for the AmeriCorps program, after reports last night that administration officials gave the watchdog an hour to resign or be terminated.

Grassley said it looks like the White House is today modifying its stance and saying that last night’s ultimatum started the 30-day notification clock. “Either way, it looks like the letter and spirit of the law Congress passed last year to try to safeguard the independence of Inspectors General from the heavy hand of the executive branch that it’s supposed to oversee might have been circumvented,” he said.

Grassley has worked for many years to empower Inspectors General to act as effective watchdogs for taxpayers and federal program beneficiaries. He’s also worked to hold Inspectors General accountable when they’ve failed to fulfill the responsibilities of the role. Grassley has conducted extensive and active oversight of the federal bureaucracy.

“The importance of constant, independent review of the work of federal agencies has been proven again and again, and Inspectors General are a key part of that effort,” Grassley said. “Congress recognized the need for independence when it passed the reform legislation last year requiring congressional notification 30 days prior to removal. Inspectors General need to know they have independence and won’t be removed for arbitrary reasons. The public needs confidence that the watchdogs can hold the bureaucracy accountable.”

The text of Grassley’s letter to the President is below.

June 11, 2009

Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I was troubled to learn that last night your staff reportedly issued an ultimatim to the Americorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin that he had one hour to resign or be terminated. As you know, Inspectors General were created by Congress as a means to combat waste, fraud, and abuse and to be independent watchdogs ensuring that federal agencies were held accountable for their actions. Inspectors General were designed to have a dual role reporting to both the President and Congress so that they would be free from undue political pressure. This independence is the hallmark of all Inspectors General and is essential so they may operate independently, without political pressure or interference from agencies attempting to keep their failings from public scrutiny.

Last year, President Bush signed the Inspector General Reform Act (P.L. 110-409) into law. Both you and I were cosponsors of this important legislation that was introduced to strengthen the independence and integrity of the Inspectors General. One of the most important provisions of the legislation we cosponsored was Section 3 which amended the procedures for the removal of Inspectors General. Specifically, Section 3 requires that, “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.” No such notice was provided to Congress in this instance.

As you may recall, the Senate Committee Report (S. Rep. 110-262) accompanying the Inspector General Reform Act stated the intent of Congress. That report stated:


“The Committee intends that Inspectors General who fail to perform their duties properly whether through malfeasance or nonfeasance, or whose personal actions bring discredit upon the office, be removed. The requirement to notify the Congress in advance of the reasons for the removal should serve to ensure that Inspectors General are not removed for political reasons.”


Given that you were a cosponsor of this vital legislation I am deeply troubled to learn of the ultimatum given Inspector General Walpin absent Congressional notification.

There have been no negative findings against Mr. Walpin by the Integrity Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), and he has identified millions of dollars in Americorps funds either wasted outright or spent in violation of established guidelines.[1] In other words, it appears he has been doing his job.

We cannot afford to have Inspector General independence threatened. In light of the massive increases in federal spending of late, it is more critical than ever that we have an Inspector General community that is vigorous, independent, and active in rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse. I urge you to review the Inspector General Reform Act you cosponsored and to follow the letter of the law should you have cause to remove any Inspector General.


Charles E. Grassley

United States Senator

Again, as Mr. Grassley points out, this is a bill that Mr. Obama himself voted for and championed.

But what good is power if you can’t help your friends?

(Thanks to Zeeshopper for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “Obama Broke Law Firing AmeriCorps IG”

  1. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh just referenced this thread and has promised to talk about it.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    “I Won ……Now You Owe Me!!!”

    Kneel and kiss the benevolent Ass!

  3. Trialdog says:

    Any IG, AG, Special Agent, or federal agent that does not get this message; whoa unto you. Change has come.

  4. proreason says:

    It’s getting to be quite a challenge to keep track of the abuses of power by this administration.

    Since newspapers are having trouble finding readers, you would think they would be all over Obamy’s crimes.

    But nowadays, if it wasn’t for S&L and a few other conservative web-sites, you would think the Moron was a saint.

    • Petronius says:

      Well said, Pro. If it wasn’t for S&L and a few other sources Nerobama’s crimes would go unnoticed. As it is, the Liberal media’s thought control is overwhelming. One can only wish that S&L, et alii, might reach a wider audience. If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

  5. Howard Roark says:

    If you substitute “Stalin” for “Obama” in stories like this, it would all read like the rise to power of a monster, just like it was/is.

  6. Yarddog1 says:

    No one is safe.

  7. Yarddog1 says:

    Isn’t this what a good dictator does? He dictates. To hell with the law – we lost that a long time ago. If you’re not in lockstep with the other jackboots they’ll be coming for you next.

  8. electionhangovervictim says:

    This comes as no surprise since I think Obama has been breaking the law since he fudged his birth certificate…still it infuriates me that he’s so f***ing hypocritcal and the mainstream media won’t call him out on it! You won’t find this story on CNN. I looked. And if it IS there, then it’s so buried you’d have to hunt it down…like I did on MSNBC. They decided to bury it in the “U.S. News/Giving” section. Not a hot topic for either of these “news” orgs, apparently. In fact, CNN decided that “Rare Yellow Lobster Avoids Boiling Pot” is more important than this. I couldn’t resist sending them a nasty gram.

  9. MinnesotaRush says:

    This C.i.C (Criminal-in-Charge), and administration, could care less about the law and has demonstrated that time and time again.

    These folks are utterly disgusting!

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”These folks are utterly disgusting!…..”

      Maybe so, but they’re just democrats being democrats.

  10. canary says:

    This is absolute display of Obama’s racism against Whites, and his forever continued support towards criminal minorities.
    In this case Obama is putting his former friend and NBA basketball player and supporter, who founded St. HOPE. Inspite of numerous sexual allegations, one settled and paid out of court, he was elected Mayor of Sacromento California. Prior to his election, he had injunction that HOPE could no longer take federal grants from AmeriCorps. Once, in office he ignored the injuction, and began taking federal grant money again.
    Following is the OIG investigation which is seeking criminal and civil charges against Mayor Johnson, president of HOPE and his chief executer of HOPE.
    Aside taking the federal grants, the OIG found mis-spending of the grants to include New York trips for Mayor Johnson to start another of his schools in Harlem New York.

    Copy of OIG Investigation report seeking criminal and civil charges against the two.


    Check out the informal history of Mayor Johnson, to include alleged sexual advances on students who attended his created St. HOPE school.


    Obama wrote his Trinity Church ministered patrons with child care and “sex-offenders” Things haven’t changed.

  11. VMAN says:

    Can we please get the impeachment proceedings started?

  12. JaneLovesJesus says:

    d r u n k w i t h p o w e r .

    Just another day in the thugocracy.

  13. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Goes beyond the pale, doesn’t it?

    “I’ll just do whatever I want…and youuuuu caaaannnn’t stoooppp meeeee. Nanner nanner boo-boo.”

  14. bill148 says:

    This has not been in the press at all that I have seen. Drudge has already taken it off. Guys, this is truly a more bold move than before, despite his actual appointments.

    • JohnMG says:

      Everything he has done since taking the seat of power has been an “in your face” exercise. The more it goes on unchecked, the more emboldened he becomes.

      But I’ve got news for him. If he thinks he can retreat behind the ‘racism’ shield he’ll soon find that thin protection. Fewer people are willing to cower in fear of being labeled a “racist”. As a matter of fact, given what’s being demonstrated by the president, I wear it as a badge of honor. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:


      We can only hope. The recognition of his racism has to happen first and it’s unlikely that’s going to happen anytime soon. As to hiding behind it, the MSM will protect him and pull out all the stops to ruin people’s lives. Imagine if they found a rebel flag in Joe the plumber’s possession…the screams and howls we would’ve heard.

      What I’m hoping for is that the republican party can find more people like Dennis Miller who can turn these idiotic liberal arguments on their ear, regularly, and show them for the fools they are. Those people who can pull a list of facts from the air, bombard the liberals with them, trip them up and have them so angry that they can no longer speak.

      We can do it…but we are heavy with the quiet, humble types, it would appear as all the hollywood wanna-be’s and vocal yokels, assorted nutjobs, etc all went democrat years ago.

      Reagan was great at having a p*ssing contest with democrats. We needs more o’ dat.

  15. jrmcdonald says:

    This story has not been seen at Huffpo…

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