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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Interior IG tapped to oversee stimulus spending

Earl Devaney, the longtime Interior Department inspector general, will be moving to a new job overseeing the $787 billion economic stimulus package.

President Barack Obama announced Monday that Devaney will chair the Transparency and Accountability Board created by the stimulus bill. Obama has said the board will provide central oversight over the stimulus spending, which is being conducted by dozens of departments and agencies.

Devaney has served as Interior’s IG since 1999. He investigated a number of high-profile scandals while at the department: He helped uncover disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s dealings with Interior officials, for example. And he investigated conflicts of interest and illegal contracts at the department’s Minerals Management Service last year.

-Gregg Carlstrom, FederalTimes.com

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