Fired Inspector General Says His Lawsuit Was Filed to Protect Future IGs

Jul 20, 2009 7:09am

Gerald Walpin, the man who President Obama fired last month as Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service, will issue the following statement this morning, a few days after filing a lawsuit seeking reinstatement to his job.

"I am bringing this lawsuit primarily to protect the system of Inspectors General, which cannot remain viable without insulation from  political and other interference," Walpin will say in the statement. "While I also am troubled at the mud-slinging lengths those who sought my removal have gone to attempt, belatedly, to rationalize their actions, the most important objective of this lawsuit is to prevent a successful illegal removal of one Inspector General from being used as a precedent for other similar interferences and the chilling effect that it would have on the willingness of other Inspectors General effectively to perform their job when faced with proceeding against friends of people in high places."

Walpin will continue by quoting Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who wrote: "'It appears [Mr. Walpin] has been doing his job' by 'identif[ying] millions of dollars in AmericCorps funds either wasted outright or spent in violation of established guidelines."

Walpin will say: "I am proud of the work that was done while I was Inspector General and of the diligent and honest work done by my career staff. It was their investigative and audit work which I supported because it was very good, non-political, work for the purpose of safeguarding taxpayers' funds. I was therefore removed because I stood behind and supported my career staff."

You can read more about the case HERE.

– jpt

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