Americorps and the firing of
Inspector General Gerald Walpin

Note:  You might want to start at the Barack Obama Index Page, especially if you arrived here by using a search engine.

This page is a byproduct of another nearby page about President Obama's Intentions for America.  To put it mildly, I have been concerned about the destructive long-term effects of an Obama presidency since he got the nomination as the Socialist Democrat candidate.  If there is one positive outcome from the Obama experience, I hope it will be greater participation on election day (by actual voters, not the dead and fictitious people who vote for Democrats), and a much greater awareness of future candidates' beliefs.

The Americorps program was troublesome, even before the firing of Inspector General Walpin.  The two topics fall easily under the topics discussed on the previous page, but these two subsections have been placed on a page of their own to conserve bandwidth.

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The firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin


I don't know exactly what the people involved in the Americorps program will do to this country, but I surmise that it won't be good.

How Food Stamps Subverted Democracy, Part 2.  Food-stamp enrollment surged during the recession of the early 1990s and then trended downward for the rest of the decade.  The Clinton administration launched some food-stamp recruiting efforts, especially by using AmeriCorps.  When I was investigating that program in the late 1990s, I traveled to Mississippi to see first-hand an AmeriCorps program that claimed to be conducting "door-to-door canvassing to identify potential food-stamp recipients" and also providing "assistance ... in completing necessary applications for food stamps."  The stated goal of the program was to enroll "75% of surveyed rural Mississippi residents who are eligible for food stamps, but are not receiving them."  When I interviewed the program director in Greenville, Mississippi, she initially denied that the program had much to do with food stamps.  I was surprised that she was so evasive after the program's annual reports to AmeriCorps had offered ample details of its recruiting campaign.  When I returned to Washington, I spoke to the AmeriCorps inspector general about the peculiar reaction.  The IG did a little digging, the FBI joined in, and the chief of that program was convicted and sent to prison.  It turned out that the organization had a bunch of ghost employees on the payroll.

Trump May Kill Off AmeriCorps, a Bill Clinton Creation.  AmeriCorps sounded like a good idea.  Create a program where American youth could basically earn free college by working and helping their communities.  On the surface — and if you don't understand the inherent issue with any government program — it sounds like a great way to help people get their educations.  The program — which never reached the level its creator Bill Clinton envisioned — now finds itself on the chopping block along with other left-wing darlings such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Americorps workers helped young women get abortions.  Six members of the national service program AmeriCorps recently escorted young pregnant women to abortion clinics in a "direct violation" of federal funding rules, a government watchdog will report Tuesday [4/26/2016].  The volunteers served as clinic escorts, also known as "abortion doulas," in parts of New York City, according to a source familiar with the report from a federal inspector general's office.  A summary of the report will be published online Tuesday.

AmeriCorps at 20 is a wasteful flop.  AmeriCorps consists of 75,000 members (who collect up to $17,800 a year in salary and education benefits for laboring on social, environmental, education and other projects authorized by the agency headquarters.  According to CEO Wendy Spencer, "For twenty years, AmeriCorps has been a powerful and proven solution to community needs across the nation."  Many AmeriCorps recruits work hard and have helped their fellow Americans, but many of the agency's projects are spurred more by feelgood foolishness and political profiteering than by real community needs.

Obama's attack on the independence of inspectors general.  Inspectors general are the taxpayers' policemen.  Their beat is the corridors of the bureaucracy, which they patrol for waste, fraud, abuse and even crime.  This often puts them at odds with a president, his administration and his congressional allies.  Not long after settling into the White House, President Obama fired Gerald Walpin, the inspector general for AmeriCorps, because he had exposed a scam involving a close presidential friend.  Mr. Walpin filed a report about the misuse of $847,000 in grant money by Kevin Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, Calif.  Mr. Johnson, a former NBA star, was accused of using government cash to pay "volunteers" to keep his car sparkling clean and to run personal errands.  The firing of Mr. Walpin sent a clear signal to his colleagues:  Investigate a friend of the president, and you'll be looking for a new job.  Many got the message.

How Obama and Congress Failed AmeriCorps, And Failed America — Again.  After just three months in office, he [Obama] signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act authorizing the expansion of the Clinton-era program to the goal of 250,000.  He had kept his promise, Obama boasted, and he declared 2009 the dawn of a "new era of service."  But the dawn never broke. [...] This broken promise must be a painful one for Obama, a former community organizer with a special affinity for AmeriCorps.  It also reflects a familiar pattern of his presidency.

The Reality of Feel-Good Government.  The government-supported service organization AmeriCorps got a boost from President Obama in April, when he announced a new program to "connect more professional scientists and engineers to young students who might follow in their footsteps."  According to a news release, the goal is to place hundreds of AmeriCorps members in nonprofits across the country to mobilize professionals in science, technology, engineering and math "to inspire young people to excel in STEM education."  A lofty goal, to be sure, but not one AmeriCorps is likely to serve well.  Judging by the program's track record over two decades — or distinct lack of a track record in several cases — taxpayers have better ways to spend some $446 million a year.

Slave of the State: How Mandatory Government Service is Antithetical to Liberty.  Creating a nationalized work program that forces youngsters to serve the needs of the Government would be very dangerous.  Throughout the 20th Century, there are countless examples of authoritarian regimes forcing their citizens to participate in nefarious programs.  One extreme example would be Hitler's "final solution" in which Germans willfully participated in the wholesale slaughter and extermination of Jews, gypsies, Pols, and anyone who dared stand up to their plot.

Are food stamps a perk for 'paid government volunteers'?  Two Senate Republicans identified a welfare loophole that allows 'paid government volunteers' in AmeriCorps to receive food stamps from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — for which they should not qualify, as a rule — in addition to a stipend from the government.

Obama 'Brownshirts' Bill Now Working Its Way Through The Senate.  This dangerous bill is unquestionably nothing less than a way to further fund and indoctrinate more foot soldiers for the Democrat Party, following the Marxist model of Saul Alinsky.

'Obama Brownshirts' Bill Is Before Senate.  Includes among eligible AmeriCorps programs:  (1) an Education Corps to address unmet educational needs; (2) a Healthy Futures Corps to address unmet health needs; (3) a Clean Energy Corps to address unmet environmental needs; and (4) a Veterans Corps to address the unmet needs of veterans and their families.

The Editor says...
None of that is necessary.  It sounds like (a) busy work or (b) a cover story for the Obama Youth Corps.  Does anyone believe for a second that there are "unmet environmental needs" in this country, with all the regulations and state agencies in place already?

There He Goes Again.  No one would suggest cutting the budget of a city's police force by 50% while the population remains essentially unchanged.  Then why did the Obama Administration slash the money available to the Inspector General's Office (IG), the police force at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), by almost 50% while leaving CNCS's allocation almost unchanged?  There can be only one reason:  CNCS is a pet agency of the Obama Administration, and these cuts are its latest move to torpedo independent oversight of CNCS.

AmeriCorps watchdog faces $3.7 million budget cut.  The beleaguered watchdog of the AmeriCorps national service program will take another hit next month, as budget cuts by Congress will force it to lay off nearly three quarters of its staff.  Acting Inspector General Kenneth Bach has told Congress he has curtailed open investigations, and may not be able to look into allegations of wrongdoing in the $1 billion Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

AmeriCorps' Favorite Scandal-Plagued Mayor.  A prominent Democratic politician who was banned from receiving federal aid three years ago over fraud charges is once again raking in government funds from the very same program he abused.  It pays to be a FOTO — Friend of the Obamas.  Our publicly subsidized con artist is Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson.

AmeriCorps: A Case Study In Why U.S. Is Now Bust.  So much for the new era of fiscal responsibility.  The federal government's dependency drones have been spared the chopping block.  After vowing to eliminate funding for President Obama's bloated $6 billion AmeriCorps social justice army, House Republicans retreated — and will shrink the AmeriCorps budget by a minuscule 6.7%.  Politicians originally sold AmeriCorps as an alternative to big government — a program to "renew the ethic of civic responsibility and the spirit of community throughout the United States."

Top 10 Spending Cuts Thwarted by Democrats:  [#10]  AmeriCorps:  AmeriCorps pays young people to do work such as environmental cleanup and tutoring.  Apparently, it also has time for political organizing, as several hundred AmeriCorps supporters recently protested GOP cuts to the program at a speech by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at Harvard University.

America, the Dependent.  So much for the new era of fiscal responsibility.  The federal government's dependency drones have been spared the chopping block.  After vowing to eliminate funding for President Obama's bloated $6 billion AmeriCorps social justice army, House Republicans retreated — and will shrink the AmeriCorps budget by a minuscule 6.7 percent.  Politicians originally sold AmeriCorps as an alternative to big government — a program to "renew the ethic of civic responsibility and the spirit of community throughout the United States."  With bipartisan support, the program has morphed into an all-purpose progressive slush fund.

AmeriCorps fraud seldom followed up.  The top watchdog over AmeriCorps has told Congress that he has found several cases of fraud in the national service program — but that prosecutors won't pursue them.  In some cases, the alleged fraud involves the misuse of more than $900,000.  The acting inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service also says there's a "pattern" of volunteer fraud — grant recipients misusing their time, often for personal gain.

Expanded Americorps has stench of authoritarianism.  With almost no public attention, both chambers of Congress in the past week advanced an alarming expansion of the Americorps national service plan, with the number of federally funded community-service jobs increasing from 75,000 to 250,000 at a cost of $5.7 billion.  Lurking behind the feel-good rhetoric spouted by the measure's advocates is a bill that upon closer inspection reveals multiple provisions that together create a strong odor of creepy authoritarianism. And Its Soviet Similarities.  "Progressives" control the government.  Children in some public schools sing songs about the president and study his directives. ... The mainstream media are aligned with the government.  Those media outlets critical of government policy are publicly criticized by government officials and are in danger of suffering repercussions.

Ruling by a Radical.  I have written before ... about the way in which the First Community Organiser was assembling a permanent force from among the American public to act as a potential means of subverting the American Constitution. ... Straight after he was elected President Obama launched Organising for America, a formal infrastructure of activism built upon his campaign's extensive database of supporters. ... There was also his deeply troubling suggestion during his presidential campaign — which received virtually no attention — of creating a civilian national security force that would be as powerful, strong and well-funded as the half-trillion dollar Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force, although he subsequently refused to elaborate upon this distinctly chilling suggestion (and indeed, according to this report these remarks actually vanished from the published transcript of Obama's speech).

Senate Rubber Stamps National Enslavement Bill.  The Senate last night rubber stamped a nightmare domestic draft bill that legislates mandatory national service and creates an "army" of at least 7 million civilian enforcers working at the the behest of the government, while also containing language that threatens to ban free speech and the right to protest.  Last week, we reported on the House passage of the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, known as the GIVE Act, which was carried with a 321-105 margin vote.

Every American a 'Volunteer'.  "Arbeit macht frei" (Work makes {a person} free) the Nazis loved to say to the "volunteers" entering the labor camps.  America's version is called "Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act" (GIVE act).  HR 1388 has already passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. ... There appears to be little volunteerism and almost no education in the bill.  But there are a lot of make-work government jobs... .

The Editor says...
Here's a tip:  Read the full text of the bill here and look for the phrase, "Required National Service Corps."

Obama style community organizer immortalized in HR 1388.  There's no room for God in Obama's long promised Youth Brigade, no room to protest, petition, to boycott or to support a strike, and and loopholes to give its mandatory membership a pass.  Everybody in GIVE, HR 1388 in legislation, will follow the rules and you can bet next year's crops that the letter O will be somewhere on this Army's uniforms.

The Democrats' $6 Billion National Service Boondoggle.  Maybe it's just me, but I find federal legislation titled "The GIVE Act" and "The SERVE Act" downright creepy.  Even more troubling:  the $6 billion price tag on these bipartisan bills to expand government-funded national service efforts.  Volunteerism is a wonderful thing, which is why millions of Americans do it every day without a cent of taxpayer money.  But the volunteerism packages on the Hill are less about promoting effective charity than about creating make-work, permanent bureaucracies and left-wing slush funds.

Democrats Kill Provision in AmeriCorps Bill that Would Keep Funds from ACORN.  Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) tried to stand up for civil society and taxpayers last week but his effort was shot down by liberal Democratic senators.  Vitter tried to prevent the radical direct-action group, ACORN, and its affiliates from benefitting under the odious national service legislation known as the (proposed) GIVE Act.  The bill itself, which received a glowing review from John Podesta's pro-Obama propaganda factory, the Center for American Progress, would give government money to volunteer programs and would dramatically expand the feel-good liberal program, AmeriCorps, which ACORN and other groups have used to promote their own political objectives.

National Service Corps Set to Become Law.  The House voted overwhelmingly to approve a major expansion of national community service programs, sending the measure to President Obama who has said that he will sign it.  The vote was 275 to 149, with 26 Republicans joining 249 Democrats in favor of it.  The bill will expand the number of volunteer slots to 250,000 from 75,000, increasing the ranks of the existing AmeriCorps program, and establishing new cadres of volunteers focused on health care, education, renewable energy and veterans.  The legislation is also a major priority for First Lady Michelle Obama...

Congress Sends Obama a Bill to Boost Community Service.  In one of the most sweeping overhauls of the country's national service programs since the 1960s, the House passed a bill that will dramatically increase the size and scope of AmeriCorps, the government's largest volunteer organization and the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps.  The $5.7 billion legislation, called the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act after one of its primary sponsors, will triple the size of the service program, originally proposed by President John F. Kennedy.

AmeriCorps the Beautiful.  [Scroll down]  So while the government is making it harder for the private sector to employ recent high-school graduates by raising the minimum wage, it is expanding public sector employment of that same demographic, at less than minimum wage.  And checking off a few more items on the CPUSA's platform as it does so.

Obama signs national service legislation.  President Obama signed into law Tuesday a measure designed to strengthen national community service efforts by boosting federal funding for thousands of volunteers in fields ranging from clean energy to health care and education.  The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, recently renamed to honor the Massachusetts senator's sponsorship of the measure, will more than triple the number of positions in the AmeriCorps program, from 75,000 to 250,000, by 2017.

Obama Signs National Service Bill.  Calling on Americans to volunteer, President Barack Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill Tuesday [4/21/2009] that triples the size of the AmeriCorps service program over the next eight years and expands ways for students to earn money for college.

Ask Not What Ted Kennedy Can Do For You...  Yesterday [4/21/2009], President Barack Obama delivered (finally!) on arguably his most hope-changiest of all his campaign promises to use your tax dollars to support make-work jobs that will (finally!) allow America's vast, all-ages reserve army of the unemployed to be paid volunteers with AmeriCorps.

AmeriCorps and ACORN Go Way Back.  ACORN took advantage of the federal agency a decade ago.  As I wrote previously, ACORN, which is now notorious for its commingling of funds within its network of affiliates, used government resources to promote legislation.  A congressional report noted that there was "apparent cross-over funding between ACORN, a political advocacy group and ACORN Housing Corp. (AHC), a non profit, AmeriCorp [sic] grantee" that is a major affiliate of ACORN.

Did someone mention ACORN?

Animal-Rights Fanatic to Be Obama's Next "Czar"?  Glenn Beck reports that an animal-rights fanatic is on track to become President Obama's regulatory czar.  That individual is the radical legal theorist Cass Sunstein who has argued that:
 •  your money doesn't really belong to you because the government laid the foundations for your success;
 •  Internet censorship is a good idea;
 •  animals should be allowed to sue people;
 •  the names of carbon dioxide emitters should be compiled as part of a "greenhouse gas inventory" and publicized to shame those emitters into changing their behavior; and
 •  Americans' support for property rights and freedom of contract is an "incoherent" form "of so-called individualism."

Rotten to the AmeriCorps.  Among the most wasteful of the spending increases hidden in President Obama's 2011 budget proposal is his plan to create an army of government-funded community organizers at the shocking price of $1.4 billion.  While the economy reels and many taxpayers are looking for ways to trim their personal spending, the president is demanding a whopping 59 percent boost for the Corporation for National and Community Service and its best-known program, AmeriCorps.  It's time to pull the plug on both.

Official at ACORN Funder Confirmed as Head of Corporation for National and Community Service.  On Feb. 11 the Senate confirmed Obama nominee Patrick Corvington as chief executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.  Corvington was a senior official at the left-wing Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland, which granted funding to ACORN during his tenure.

ACORN funder confirmed to head Corporation for National and Community Service.  Democrats just can't stay away from ACORN.  Even as scandal piles on top of scandal, they continue to embrace the organization.  The latest is that the Senate just confirmed Patrick Corvington as chief executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

ObamaCare's New Public Health Workforce Corps.  Lurking within the recently-released Reconciliation bill is a brand new corps of government workers. ... It's not Nationalized Health Care.  It's a Health Corps! ... I figure I'm not far off labeling this "Health Corps" provision as approaching mandatory volunteerism.

Obama's Scandal-Plagued Indoctrination Machine.  Mandated service is slavery.  Voluntary service is empathy.  Empathy is the positive result of a moral value system, as taught in a proper educational curriculum.  We give to our community because we want to (not because we have to) — but this new AmeriCorps program appears to be mandatory. ... Why is community service being defined, controlled, and essentially even regulated and dictated by the Federal Government?

Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion.  The government took the first step Monday [6/7/2010] in expanding the AmeriCorps program, awarding grants to nonprofits and other organizations to put 57,000 AmeriCorps members to work in communities around the country.

Blue-State Bonanza for Americorps Funding.  This week the White House announced $234 million in grants to Americorps and other "service"-oriented nonprofits through the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. ... Analysis of the 2010 disbursements reveals gross inequalities among the states.  As with ARRA stimulus money, blue states were the big winners.  Overall, states that voted for Obama in 2008 garnered 81% of Ted Kennedy Serve America funding, while red states were thrown a bone of the remaining 19%.

AmeriCorps scandal figure invited to AmeriCorps conference.  Kevin Johnson is a former NBA star, the mayor of Sacramento, California, and a friend and political ally of Barack and Michelle Obama. ... In New York June 28, CNCS, parent organization of AmeriCorps, will convene the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.  And one of the speakers who will address the group on the importance of service will be Kevin Johnson.

Obama team honors Walpin-gate transgressor.  Only in the Obama administration would a public official sanctioned for a form of malfeasance be honored as a speaker by the same organization that sanctioned him.  It helps, of course, when he is a self-proclaimed Friend of the First Couple.  It also doesn't hurt that the administration already found it politically convenient to fire the inspector general, Gerald Walpin, who blew the whistle on his misdeeds.

AmeriCorps scandal figure un-invited from AmeriCorps conference.  Now comes word that [Kevin] Johnson will not be speaking at the conference after all.  On Thursday afternoon, his picture and biographical sketch disappeared from the conference website, and today [6/11/2010] the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which oversees AmeriCorps, confirmed that Johnson will not be there.  CNCS officials say they never invited Johnson in the first place.

State audit blasts AmeriCorps, West Seneca.  The unusual financial relationship between West Seneca and AmeriCorps has cost town taxpayers more than $400,000 and the town could lose another $2.4 million, according to a scathing state audit town officials received this week.

Scandal-plagued Americorps loses inspector general funding.  The inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) got hit with a nearly 50 percent budget cut for 2012, a move that, unless immediately remedied, will stifle the office's ability to investigate a controversial branch of the Obama administration.  CNCS, and specifically its Americorps division, has been plagued with scandals.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2019 by Andrew K. Dart

The firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin

The law governing the Inspectors General requires the White House to provide reasonable cause and a 30-day notice to Congress before taking any action.

The Top 5 Investigations Obstructed by the Obama Administration.  [#4] The investigation of the illegal firing of Inspector General Walpin:  In 2009, Barack Obama inexplicably fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin, who had been investigating the misuse of federal grant money for AmeriCorps by Sacramento mayor and former NBA basketball star Kevin Johnson.  Johnson took $850,000 of that money for his own nonprofit organization, where he used it to pay for political activity.  During his investigation, Walpin discovered a cover-up of sexual abuse allegations made by three underage students against Johnson who were offered some of this grant money as hush money.  As a result, Walpin recommended criminal charges against Johnson.  But Johnson was an Obama ally and donor, and Obama wasn't about to have him held accountable for his crimes, so Obama demanded Walpin's resignation, which Walpin refused to give, and so Walpin was fired.  However, the firing violated federal law — a law that Obama co-sponsored as a U.S. senator, no less.  An investigation by Congress into the illegal firing was met with stonewalling by the Obama White House, and the withholding of documents.  The Obama White House also deliberately misled Congress about the reasons for the firing.

8 Times Barack Obama Abused His Power To Appease His Base.  [#8] The illegal firing of an inspector general:  As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama co-sponsored the 2008 Inspector General Reform Act, which protected inspectors general from being fired without cause.  As president, Obama violated this law when he abruptly fired the inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Gerald Walpin without notice or providing the legally mandated explanation for the firing to Congress.  Obama did this to protect Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, an ally of Obama, whom Walpin had been investigating for misusing federal funds, and had discovered a cover-up of sexual assault allegations by minors against Johnson.  Obama fired an inspector general to protect a friend of his who was accused of sexual assault and tried to cover it up with hush money that came from federal grant money.

Yes, Michelle Obama, YOU helped push out an independent government watchdog..  Michelle Malkin has the story the Obama-slobbering media won't touch.

Six Times the Obama Administration Should Have Appointed Special Counsel.  [#6] The Walpin firing scandal:  It's a pretty big deal when the president of the United States breaks the law in order to protect his friend and donor who was being investigated for misusing federal grant money... but Barack Obama did just that for his friend, former NBA star and mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson.  Johnson had taken nearly a million dollars in AmeriCorps grant money to his own nonprofit organization to pay volunteers for political activity.  While investigating this, Gerald Walpin, the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), discovered a cover-up of sexual abuse allegations made by three students against Johnson who were offered some of this grant money as hush money.  Walpin recommended criminal charges against Johnson and was quickly told to resign.  Walpin refused, and Obama fired him.  The firing itself violated a law that Obama co-sponsored as a U.S. senator.  Congressional Republicans launched their own investigation, and the Obama White House responded with a smear campaign against Walpin and withheld documents from Congress.

Here are 1,366 well sourced examples of Barack Obama's lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc..  [#21] In June 2009, Obama fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin, after Walpin accused Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, an Obama supporter, of misuse of AmeriCorps funding to pay for school-board political activities.  In a letter to Congress, the White House said that Walpin was fired because he was "confused, disoriented, unable to answer questions and exhibited other behavior that led the Board to question his capacity to serve."  A bipartisan group of 145 current and former public officials, attorneys, and legal scholars signed a letter that was sent to the White House, which defended Walpin, said the criticisms of him were not true, and said that his firing was politically motivated.

Ex-inspector general fired by Obama over 2009 Americorps probe dies at 84.  Gerald Walpin, a former inspector general for the federal AmeriCorps program who was fired by President Barack Obama over his handling of an investigation into a California mayor and Obama supporter, has died.

Gerald Walpin, inspector general fired by Obama, dies.  Gerald Walpin, the inspector general who was at the center of controversy in 2009 when he was fired by the White House amid an investigation of an Obama friend, died today.  He was 84.  Walpin's son-in-law, Allan Tananbaum, said Walpin was struck by a car while crossing a street in Manhattan.  Walpin was fired in June 2009 for his investigation of the misuse of money in AmeriCorps, the service organization that was part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, where Walpin served as inspector general.  The investigation focused on Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who became mayor of Sacramento, Calif., and was a prominent Obama supporter.

Obama's war on watchdogs.  In 2008, Sen. Barack Obama co-sponsored the Inspectors General Act of 2008, enacted to buttress the independence of agency watchdogs.  That act required the president to give Congress 30 days notice and a statement of "sufficient cause" before firing an inspector general.  But Mr. Obama wasted no time in trampling the new law after he took his presidential oath of office.  In June 2009, he fired the IG for AmeriCorps, Gerald Walpin, for refusing to back down from his criticisms of a prominent Obama supporter caught misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal subsidies.  Mr. Walpin also spooked the White House because he courageously exposed how AmeriCorps had no legal justification for pouring tens of millions of dollars into the Teaching Fellows Program, one of the agency's flagships.

Obamite Thuggery Has Long History.  When Gerald Walpin, the well-respected Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service, dared to point an unwanted focus on a close personal ally of the Obamas, not only did the White House fire him without the necessary notice to Congress but also smeared Mr. Walpin with the clear insinuation that he was becoming senile.

Obama's Ongoing War on Inspectors General.  One inspector general after another faults the Obama administration for using suspect methodology to burnish its claims regarding job creation.  At one point, Obama wanted to create a brand new $30-billion government program to grant loans to small business.  The program was designed to be free of any oversight by inspectors general.  This program had the potential to be a thirty-billion-dollar slush fund to channel taxpayer dollars to those people who are allies of the Obama administration.

Obama Blocks Probe of Fired IG.  Violating its own guarantee of unprecedented transparency, the White House is blocking an investigation into the controversial firing of an inspector general who exposed one of President Obama's political supporters-a California mayor-for misusing federal funds.  First Lady Michelle Obama was reportedly behind the contentious June dismissal of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin and congressional investigators want to interview the aide (Jackie Norris) who may have given the order.

The Walpin Story.  If, like me, you haven't had time over the last few days to keep up with the story of Barack Obama's firing of Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General who has responsibility for the AmeriCorps program, Byron York will bring you up to speed.  The story is an interesting one that sheds light on the lawless, bullying nature of the Obama administration.

President Obama Fires Controversial Inspector General.  With little public notice, President Obama Thursday [6/11/2009] fired the Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Gerald Walpin.  Saying he was "exercising my power as president," Mr. Obama suspended Walpin with pay, saying his termination would be "effective 30 days from now."  The president wrote that "it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General.  That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector general."

Obama cronyism: Going after AmeriCorps IG on behalf of contributor.  David Freddoso tried to explain that the only change Barack Obama would bring to the Beltway would be an introduction of the Chicago Machine politics that made him successful to the Beltway.  The Inspector General of AmeriCorps, one of Obama's pet projects, has discovered this the hard way.

Ousted AmeriCorps watchdog defends waste probe.  [Gerald] Walpin defended his work on Friday [6/12/2009].  "I know that I and my office acted with the highest integrity as an independent inspector general should act," he said.  Obama's move follows an investigation by Walpin finding misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star.  Johnson and a nonprofit education academy he founded ultimately agree to repay half of $847,000 in grants it had received from AmeriCorps.

More Details Emerge In President Obama's Firing of Inspector General.  It was Wednesday evening and Gerald Walpin was pleading for his job.  Just a few hours before, at around 5:20 pm, Walpin — Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) — was driving on a highway when he had received a phone call from Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, informing him that President Obama no longer had confidence in him and wanted him to resign.  Walpin had an hour to make up his mind as to whether he was going to resign or have the president seek his suspension and termination, as indicated in email from Walpin to Eisen obtained by ABC News.

Seeking Answers on IG Firing, Sen. Grassley Asks About Possible Role of First Lady's Office.  In an email and fax sent late Friday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, demanded that Alan D. Solomont, the chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, provide "any and all records, email, memoranda, documents, communications, or other information, whether in draft or final form" related to President Obama's firing of CNCS Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

Gerald Walpin speaks: The inside story of the AmeriCorps firing.  The White House's decision to fire AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin came amid politically-charged tensions inside the Corporation for National and Community Service, the organization that runs AmeriCorps.  Top executives at the Corporation, Walpin explained in an hour-long interview Saturday [6/13/2009], were unhappy with his investigation into the misuse of AmeriCorps funds by Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California and a prominent supporter of President Obama.

This Makes Travelgate Look Tame.  There is no reason, none whatsoever, for CNN and MSNBC, along with CBS and The NY Times, not to be putting this on the front page.  An independent inspector general embarrassed some close allies and/or fundraisers of the president, so the president fired him without stating a cause.  This is, on its face, a scandal.  It is worse than Travelgate because it involves an official protecting the public fisc against waste and corruption.

The White House Fires a Watchdog.  President Obama swept to office on the promise of a new kind of politics, but then how do you explain last week's dismissal of federal Inspector General Gerald Walpin for the crime of trying to protect taxpayer dollars?  This is a case that smells of political favoritism and Chicago rules.

House Republicans raise questions about Walpin firing.  Rep. Darrell Issa, ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has sent a letter to White House counsel Gregory Craig asking for information regarding the firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin.  Issa writes that "the immediate effective termination of Mr. Walpin and the vague explanation offered by the President as the reason for his decision" do not meet the standards required by the law covering inspectors general.

Gangster government's grip on the AmeriCorps.  One of President Obama's senior aides gave the AmeriCorps inspector-general an offer he supposedly could not refuse — resign within an hour or be fired.  Fortunately, in the contemporary edition, the intended victim, IG Gerald Walpin, refused to go quietly despite threats from the assailant, Norman Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform.  Eisen was last seen defending a proposed White House rule depriving the First Amendment rights of "anyone else seeking to influence the process" of economic stimulus grant awards.  The proposed rule would enable Obama and company to dole out stimulus pork behind closed doors, away from prying eyes.

Walpin-gate.  Congress ought to open an investigation, New York Times editorialists should be in a state of apoplexy, and MSNBC hosts ought to be frothing at the mouth.  Without appropriate documentation or good reason, President Obama has fired a federal investigator who was on the case against a political ally of the president's.  Mr. Obama's move has the stench of scandal.

Obama's Walpin-gate problem.  President Obama's unexpected firing last Thursday [6/11/2009] of an inspector general looked suspicious.  Now the story is getting worse.  If allowed to stand, the firing of Gerald Walpin, inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service, surely will chill other efforts to rein in corruption within the Obama orbit. ... The law governing inspectors general mandates that a president can remove them only after stating a cause for the dismissal.  Mr. Obama has offered no substantive reason for firing Mr. Walpin.  That is unacceptable.

Will Democrats cover up the AmeriCorps mess?  Can Republicans in Congress get to the bottom of President Obama's sudden — and suspicious — decision to fire AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin?  The answer is no — unless some Democrats show interest in what could possibly be the first scandal, or at least mini-scandal, of the Obama administration.

IG witness Blows Up White House Excuse.  We have found an exclusive witness who directly contradicts multiple aspects of the official White House explanation for firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin.  Separately, one part of the White House explanation treads on exceedingly shaky ground that raises the specter of improper age discrimination.  President Barack Obama's highly unusual move to fire an inspector general has drawn bipartisan inquiries from Members of both the House and Senate who are worried about protecting the independence of inspectors general.

Republicans Not Satisfied With White House Explanation for Walpin Firing.  Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., calls for a "fuller and more complete explanation" as well as more evidence of the "reasons and process" that led to the firing of Gerald Walpin, former inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

White House refuses to answer Senate questions on AmeriCorps IG firing.  Norman Eisen, the White House Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, met with investigators on the staff of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley at Grassley's offices Wednesday morning.  The investigators wanted to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin.  According to Grassley, Eisen revealed very, very little, refusing to answer many questions of fact put to him. And now Grassley has written a letter to the White House counsel asking for answers.

White House: Firing AmeriCorps IG an act of "political courage".  Norman Eisen, who is the White House Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, met with staffers for Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday.  Eisen, along with another White House staffer who accompanied him, "wanted to talk broadly about inspectors general," says a GOP aide familiar with what went on at the meeting.  "When we pressed them on specific questions and documents, they said they weren't prepared to give us information on that."

Conservatives Launch Full Court Press On IG Firing.  Conservatives are starting to smell blood on the IG firing story.  Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch — the conservative-leaning government watchdog that made life miserable for President Clinton in the '90s — tells TPMmuckraker that his group is eager to work with the canned IG, Gerald Walpin, to keep the pressure on the White House over the firing.  "We have let it be known that we'd like to talk to Mr. Walpin," said Fitton.

Grassley Still Not Happy With White House Explanation For IG Firing.  OK, it sounds like Chuck Grassley isn't satisfied with the White House's explanation for why it fired the AmeriCorps inspector general.  White House ethics lawyer Norm Eisen met personally with the Iowa GOP senator and his staff yesterday morning, to go over the reasons for the firing of the IG, Bush appointee Gerald Walpin.  Eisen had first detailed those reasons in a letter to Congress sent Tuesday night [6/16/2009].

Obama Violates His Own Law.  President Obama's suspicious firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin is sparking outrage, even in his own party.  Democratic senator and staunch Obama ally, Claire McCaskill said Tuesday, "The White House has failed to follow the proper procedure in notifying Congress as to the removal of the inspector general.  Loss of confidence is not a sufficient reason."

Lawmakers seek answers about Obama's firing of Walpin.  A growing chorus of lawmakers are demanding information from the White House and the Corporation for National and Community Service related to President Obama's no-confidence dismissal last week of Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

Walpin firing continues to simmer.  Controversy continues to simmer around the firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin, with the latest development coming Thursday from House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

Obama Fires IG Who Exposed Supporter's Fraud.  A government inspector general who has exposed widespread waste in taxpayer-financed community service groups has been fired by Barack Obama after finding that one of the president's political supporters, a California mayor, misused federal funds.  In violation of a law established to keep the watchdogs independent and free of political pressure or interference, Obama has refused to explain why he got rid of the inspector general charged with investigating the government's so-called national service programs.

What's behind Obama's sudden attempt to fire the AmeriCorps inspector general?  The 30 day requirement is important because last year Congress passed the Inspectors General Reform Act, which was designed to strengthen protections for IGs, who have the responsibility of investigating allegations of waste, fraud and abuse within federal agencies, against interference by political appointees or the White House.  Part of the Act was a requirement that the president give Congress 30 days' notice before dismissing an IG.  One of the co-sponsors of the Act was then-Sen. Barack Obama.  The Act also requires the president to outline the cause for his decision to remove an IG.  Beyond saying that he did not have the "fullest confidence" in Walpin, Obama gave no reason for his action.

Obama's AmeriCrooks and Cronies Scandal.  President Obama promised he would end "Washington games."  But his abrupt firing of the AmeriCorps inspector general is more of the same.  The brewing scandal smells like the Beltway cronyism of the Bush years.  And the apparent meddling of first lady Michelle Obama in the matter smacks of the corruption of the Clinton years.  If Obama keeps up with this "change," we'll be back to the Watergate era by Christmas.

Obama Breaks Law In Government Watchdog Firing.  Barack Obama violated a law that safeguards the independence of government agency watchdogs when he fired an inspector general who found that one of the president's political supporters — a California mayor — misused federal funds.  The Democratic senator who authored the law (passed by Congress last year) relating to the termination of government agency watchdogs blasted her good friend the commander-in-chief this week for abruptly removing an inspector general who has exposed widespread waste in taxpayer-financed community service groups.

FBI Probes Charity Exposed By Fired Inspector Gen..  A mayor's charity exposed for fraud by a fired inspector general is being investigated by the FBI for obstructing an investigation into its suspicious spending of federal funds.  The charity's founder, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, illegally used nearly $1 million in federal funds to pay volunteers for political activities, run personal errands and even wash his car.  After acknowledging that "there may have been administrative errors," the mayor reached a settlement with federal prosecutors to repay more than $400,000 with no further penalties.

AmeriCorps and ACORN Go Way Back.  The cynical, politically motivated, and apparently illegal firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin shocks the conscience.  I'm not going to examine here the circumstances surrounding the termination of Walpin but I do wish to remind readers that AmeriCorps has long been ripe for abuse.  ACORN took advantage of the federal agency a decade ago.  As I wrote previously, ACORN, which is now notorious for its commingling of funds within its network of affiliates, used government resources to promote legislation.

Black is White and Up is Down and Obama Isn't a Thug.  I try really really hard to avoid the term "Orwellian," but I can't help it here:  This is Orwellian word use on steroids to the googleplex degree.  Byron York reports that the White House is calling the firing of AmeriCorps IG Gerald Walpin an act of "political courage."  When thuggery is called courage, when corruption is called integrity, when ignoring the spirit of the law is called judiciousness.... well, then, that's when this firing becomes defensible.  This is a sinister White House.

How Republicans can crack the AmeriCorps scandal:  Republicans are brainstorming things they can do by themselves to shake loose information from an administration that has no obligation to cooperate with them.  And indeed, there are a few ways.  The first is to enlarge the scope of the AmeriCorps investigation to include the Justice Department.  Walpin was fired in part because of his aggressive investigation of the misuse of AmeriCorps funds by Sacramento mayor — and prominent Obama supporter — Kevin Johnson.  The acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento, Lawrence Brown, took a strongly pro-Johnson position in the matter, even though there's no question that Johnson misused federal money.  In the end, Brown played a key role in helping Johnson get off easy and in setting in motion the chain of events that led to Walpin's firing.  Republicans intend to pursue the Justice Department for an explanation.

The Smearing Of Gerald Walpin.  The storm that erupted after the firing with one hour's notice of Gerald Walpin, the inspector general overseeing AmeriCorps, has not died down.  Pressed for an explanation as to the reasons for the firing and why the law requiring Congress to be given notice and reasons 30 days in advance was not followed, the White House has resorted to old-time Chicago-style political smears.

Walloping Walpin.  House Republican staffers on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are mulling their next steps in investigating last week's firing of Gerald Walpin as Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service and its AmeriCorps program.  On Tuesday [6/16/2009], ranking member Darrell Issa sent a letter to White House Counsel Gregory Craig, demanding the release of all e-mail and other communications between the Department of Justice's Criminal Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California regarding the dismissal of IG Walpin.

Walpin Speaks, Obama Administration Clams Up.  Fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin has responded aggressively to new claims by the Obama administration that he was fired from his job because he was "confused," and, perhaps, senile.  Byron York records Walpin's response, which is, to say the least, coherent, much more than we can say for Obama's ever-shifting stories about why he fired an Inspector General who caused trouble for a prominent supporter of the administration.

A witness to Walpin-gate.  The belated White House explanation for firing the AmeriCorps inspector general doesn't ring true.  The White House claims Inspector General Gerald Walpin was effectively away without leave from his Washington office and that he was so "disoriented" and "confused" at a May 20 meeting that it made officials "question his capacity to serve."  An exclusive witness told The Washington Times both charges are baseless.

What's behind Obama's sudden attempt to fire the AmeriCorps inspector general?  There are two big questions about the president's actions.  One, why did he decide to fire Walpin?  And two, did he abide by the law that he himself co-sponsored? ... The bigger question is why the president is doing this and why he is attempting to do it so quickly.  Senate sources now believe Obama is firing Walpin over Walpin's investigation of Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and a prominent supporter of the president.

Obama Fires AmeriCorps IG, Republicans Wonder, Was It Political?  Walpin, a New York attorney, was appointed by then-President George W. Bush and sworn into office in January 2007 after being confirmed by the Senate, according to a news release on AmeriCorps' Web site.  Walpin graduated from College of the City of New York in 1952 and received a law degree in 1955 from Yale Law School.  He was a partner with the New York City law firm Katten Muchin and Rosenman LLP for more than 40 years.  Alan Solomont, a Democrat and the board chairman of the government-run corporation, and Stephen Goldsmith, a Republican and the board's vice chair, said they strongly endorsed Obama's decision.

FBI e-mail investigation fingers White House?  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun looking into a dispute that is linked to an AmeriCorps money scandal that has fingers pointing all the way up to the White House because of President Obama's dismissal of an inspector general who was on the case.

White House vs. Whistleblower.  A leading Democratic Senator who wrote the law shielding the government's inspectors general from political pressure or retaliation says President Obama didn't abide by the law when he fired one of those watchdogs last week.  This despite the fact that Senator Obama was a co-sponsor of the legislation when it passed Congress last year.  Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and longtime Obama supporter, says that in firing Gerald Walpin, Inspector General of the government's community service agency AmeriCorps, proper procedures were flouted.

Fired AmeriCorps IG responds: White House charges are false.  Walpin described an atmosphere in which his investigations into fraudulent and inefficient use of federal dollars were often the cause of conflict with the board and top management of the Corporation [for National and Community Service].  "The fact that the board doesn't like what I was doing in order to perform my duties as an IG is not a reason for removing me," Walpin said.  "In fact, the more diligent an IG is in reporting criticisms of the board and the running of the corporation, the more the board doesn't want the IG there.  But that's exactly why the IG position was created."

Elected, Not Redeemed.  Kevin Johnson grossly misused federal funds.  The standard penalty is a common sense one — he shouldn't be entrusted with federal funds for at least some time.  That he is now mayor of the capital of California doesn't change that.  Winning an election does not have some sort of sanctifying effect.  A man who misuses funds and is then elected mayor is now a mayor who has misused funds.  And those who voted him into office should expect to have to live with the consequences of their decision.

Stating the obvious:
I.G.'s firing smells like political retribution.  The firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin is raising some disturbing questions about President Barack Obama and his willingness to use his power to help political friends and punish perceived enemies.

AmeriCorps feared bad press if IG investigation continued.  One of the mysteries surrounding President Obama's firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin is what prompted the White House, supported by the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, to try to get rid of Walpin so quickly and quietly?

Removal of an inspector.  In firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin last week, President Obama probably thought he and his wife, Michelle, were the ones "sending the message."  After all, dispensing petty political retribution on behalf of one's crooked friends is the "Chicago way," is it not?  And the firing of Mr. Walpin would no doubt have lasting benefits for the Obamas, too, seeing as inspectors general throughout the federal government would get the message that "FOBAMs" — or "Friends of Barack and Michelle" — were not to be touched in the future.

What Is Obama Trying to Cover Up?  Two years ago, then-Senator Obama co-sponsored the Inspector General Reform Act, which was eventually enacted last year as the Improving Government Accountability Act.  Part of the purpose of that law, as outlined in the Senate report, was to make sure that IGs operate with "sufficient independence to do their jobs well," without fear of political repercussions.  Thus, the law requires the president to communicate "in writing the reasons for any" removal or transfer of an IG.  The Senate report says this provision is intended to "ensure that Inspectors General are not removed for political reasons."  Good luck with that.

Removal of two inspectors general prompts questions...
Senator asks about firings of watchdogs.  He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system.  But now Neil Barofsky is embroiled in a dispute with the Obama administration that delayed one recent inquiry and sparked questions about his ability to freely investigate.  The disagreement stems from a claim by the Treasury Department that Barofsky is not entirely independent of the agency he is assigned to examine — a claim that has prompted a stern letter from a Republican senator warning that agency officials are encroaching on the integrity of an office created to protect taxpayers.

Obama's political play should shock no one.  The use of political muscle may be prohibited in the mythic transcendental fairyland where much of the Obama spin originates ... But our president is from Chicago.  Obama's Media Merlin David Axelrod and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel come right from Chicago Democratic machine boss Mayor Richard Daley.  They don't believe in fairies.  Daley can't wait to be rid of his own inspector general, David Hoffman, who had the audacity to question why Daley's nephew received $68 million in city pension funds to invest.  The mayor insists he didn't know anything about it.  Nobody with a functioning brain believes the mayor.

Lieberman overlooks Walpingate.  Say it aint so, Joe.  Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent Democrat, seems to be punting away his duty to protect the independence of federal inspectors general.  Mr. Lieberman is a man of integrity who takes pride in his independence.  That's why it is disappointing that he has been so quick to accept the weak White House excuses for firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin and to dismiss complaints about White House treatment of at least two other IGs who questioned administration conduct.

Former Democratic White House Counsel, GOP Attorney General Contest White House Claim.  A letter signed by a former Republican U.S. attorney general, a former Democratic White House Counsel, and 144 other prominent lawyers is challenging the White House's claim that fired AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin was "confused" and "disoriented."

Re: Mr. Walpin is 'essentially the opposite of someone who is "confused, disoriented...".  Jerry Walpin is a superb lawyer, a terrific guy, a patriot, and a real public servant who performed with dedication and skill as inspector general.  I understand, and am not surprised at all to hear, that he was highly regarded by his staff.  I haven't yet heard a good explanation for why there was not a prosecution in the case that caused him to cross swords with the Obama administration.

Treasury Department Challenges Independence of TARP Inspector General.  The Obama administration's disputes with government watchdogs do not end with fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin.  Behind the scenes, the Treasury Department is embroiled in a disagreement with Neil Barofsky, the watchdog for the $700 billion government bailout Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP.

Silent Scandals:  In just the last month, an unusual number of what were formerly regarded as scandals went unnoticed and largely unreported by the old media, to wit:  Obama recently fired an Inspector General of Americorps, giving him one hour to resign or be fired.  This, in direct contradiction to legislation Obama co-sponsored as Senator, requiring 30-day notice and an explanation.

Obama Plays Hardball With Watchdogs.  Gerald Walpin has quickly become the most famous of the three inspector generals who've left their jobs in recent weeks, exposing what appears to be a pattern of pressure from the Obama administration.  In radio and television interviews, the silver-haired 77-year-old former AmeriCorps IG has certainly contradicted insinuations of senility that administration officials made in defending the quit-or-be-fired ultimatum that Walpin said he received on June 11.

Records Indicate Tension Between Agency's Fired IG and Officials.  Documents delivered to lawmakers this week expose a frequently confrontational and petty relationship over the past several years between Gerald Walpin and officials at the Corporation for National and Community Service.  President Obama fired the Bush appointee last month, citing a lack of confidence.

Who Railroaded the Amtrak Inspector General?  Watchdogs are an endangered species in the Age of Obama.  The latest government ombudsman to get the muzzle:  Amtrak Inspector General Fred Weiderhold.  The longtime veteran employee was abruptly "retired" this month — just as the government-subsidized rail service faces mounting complaints about its meddling in financial audits and probes. ... The transparent sacking comes just as Amtrak is awash in more than $1.3 billion in new federal stimulus money.  It comes on the heels of the unceremonious dismissal of Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who dared to probe financial shenanigans by Obama cronies.

Battle lines drawn in AmeriCorps IG scandal.  Key Republicans in both the House and the Senate are accusing the White House of giving "incomplete and misleading" information to investigators probing the president's abrupt firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin.  In return, the White House is hinting that documents concerning its actions in the Walpin affair may be protected by executive privilege.

Barack Milhous Obama.  What prior administration does the Obama administration most resemble?  In its early days, there is a surprising contender:  that of Richard Nixon. ... The Nixonian note was sounded again in the Obama administration's response to Republicans who are pressing for information on the firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin.  It appears that Obama's firing of Walpin was both illegal and politically motivated, and his aides are circling the wagons, hoping the issue will go away without their having to provide information to Congress.

AmeriCorps stonewalls questions of White House involvement in IG firing.  A top official of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the government agency that oversees AmeriCorps, has refused to answer questions from congressional investigators about the White House's role in events surrounding the abrupt firing of inspector general Gerald Walpin.  Frank Trinity, general counsel for the Corporation, met with a bipartisan group of congressional investigators on Monday [7/6/2009].  When the investigators asked Trinity for details of the role the White House played in the firing, Trinity refused to answer, according to two aides with knowledge of the situation.

Stonewalling on Walpin-gate.  President Obama's dismissal of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin becomes more of a scandal with every White House action.  AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is a federal agency.  Both the White House and the general counsel at the corporation have been stonewalling congressional investigators.  If their actions in firing Mr. Walpin were on the up and up, they wouldn't have anything to hide.

The Little Scandal That Could.  The fact that both Democrats and Republicans are involved in investigating the Walpin dismissal is, however, highly significant. With Democrats controlling both houses of Congress, bipartisanship is absolutely necessary to getting the truth about the AmeriCorps case, as with the other cases in the smoldering "IG Gate" scandal.  Sensitive political considerations are involved, given the potential fallout from investigations into whether the Obama administration — which promised to be the most "transparent" in history — is trying to muzzle the independent watchdogs tasked with preventing waste, fraud and abuse in federal agencies.

Fired inspector general files lawsuit.  The inspector general President Obama fired last month filed a lawsuit Friday [7/17/2009] to get his job back, claiming the firing was politically motivated and broke a 2008 law governing how watchdogs can be dismissed.  Gerald Walpin, inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service, was removed June 10. ... Mr. Walpin says he was fired because he targeted an Obama supporter, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, in a successful investigation that resulted in Mr. Johnson and an academy on which he formerly served as executive director repaying half the $847,000 it received in government grants.

Inspector General Fired by President Obama Files Lawsuit to Be Reinstated.  Gerald Walpin, the former Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service whom President Obama took the unusual step of firing last month, filed a lawsuit against the CNCS on Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  The suit seeks to force "to reinstate Mr. Walpin as the Inspector General and to declare unlawful and ineffective the efforts to date to terminate him from his office."

AmeriCorps IG sues government over "unlawful" firing.  Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over his investigation of a politically-connected supporter of President Obama, has filed suit alleging that the firing was "unlawful," "politically driven," "procedurally defective" and "a transparent and clumsily-conducted effort to circumvent the protections" given to inspectors general under the Inspectors General Reform Act of 2008.

Age discrimination in Walpin-gate.  The Obama administration will have a hard time defending its actions against a suit by fired AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin.  In our June 24 editorial headlined "Lieberman overlooks Walpingate," we suggested that the White House "verged on improper age discrimination by claiming the 77-year-old Mr. Walpin was 'disoriented' and 'confused' at a May 20 meeting."  In a footnote to a lawsuit Mr. Walpin filed on Friday [7/17/2009] demanding his job back, Mr. Walpin's lawyers have written that "the [White House] conduct at issue raises serious questions of age discrimination, retaliation against whistleblowers and defamation."

Obama-fired Inspector General Files Lawsuit, WaPo Shuffles Coverage to Blog.  Just six months into his presidency, President Barack Obama's administration is the target of a federal lawsuit, and that by a civil servant who alleges he was dismissed from his post in violation of the requirements of a law that Barack Obama himself once sponsored in the Senate.

IG-Gate:  Connecting the SIGTARP Dots.  The Obama administration's promises of "transparency" are being revealed as lies on the magnitude of "The check's in the mail" ... Avoiding public scrutiny of reckless misappropriation of taxpayer dollars is at least one possible motive for the legislation sponsored by Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) ... that would give President Obama power to fire and replace five IGs at federal financial oversight agencies.

Probe finds new clues in AmeriCorps IG scandal.  After seven weeks of trying, investigators looking into President Barack Obama's abrupt firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin are still unable to answer the most basic question of the whole affair:  Why did the president do it?

Fired Inspector General Files Motion to Return to His Job.  Gerald Walpin, who was the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service until President Obama pink-slipped him, filed a lawsuit in July arguing that the dismissal was politically motivated and broke a 2008 law governing how watchdogs can be removed.

Walpin scandal update:  Republican Sen. Charles Grassley has blocked the ambassadorial nomination of Alan Solomont, currently chairman of the board of the government agency that oversees AmeriCorps, in retaliation for what Grassley says is the administration's stonewalling of Congress over documents relating to the firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin.  Specifically, Grassley has sought, and been denied, information relating to the White House's role in the decision to fire Walpin.  Solomont, a major Democratic donor, is chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which includes AmeriCorps.

Return of Walpin-gate.  When last we left Gerald Walpin, the unfairly fired inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, he had filed a lawsuit on July 17 protesting his dismissal.  He submitted technical amendments to his complaint on July 24, and the government was supposed to respond within 60 days.  Seventy-five days later, the government still is stonewalling.

Obama's Real Enemies List.  At mid-year, the White House ordered the firing of Gerald Walpin as Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service after Walpin discovered a key Obama supporter misused federal grant money. ... Walpin's firing was in direct violation of a federal statute barring the removal of an IG without first filing a 30-day notice with Congress.

WH v. Grassley on Walpin clearing.  The White House and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have profoundly different takes on the news that a federal investigation cleared fired inspector general Gerald Walpin of allegations of misconduct in connection with an investigation into misuse of federal funds.

Ex-official wants job back as FBI shuts St. HOPE probe.  The FBI probe into whether e-mails were deleted during a separate federal investigation of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's St. HOPE Academy has been closed without charges being filed.  Federal officials said Tuesday there was not enough evidence to support allegations that the e-mails were intentionally deleted while Johnson's nonprofit organization was being probed by federal Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

Walpin-gate opens wider.  The case of Gerald Walpin, the controversially fired inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), continues to raise questions about what the Obama administration is hiding.  Two new items and one previously overlooked item are of interest in the case.

AmeriCorps Inspector General Shredded White House Documents at Request of Agency's Spokeswoman.  The acting inspector general of AmeriCorps said he shredded White House documents at the request of an agency press spokeswoman that pertained to the controversial firing of the previous inspector general, who was ousted after investigating a political ally of President Obama.

Republicans criticize dismissal of AmeriCorps watchdog.  "The claim that Gerald Walpin was removed for legitimate, nonpolitical reasons is unsupported and unpersuasive," says a 62-page joint staff report on the firing, to be released today [11/20/2009] by Republicans Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista, Calif., and Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa.  Some Democrats are complaining as well.  "I think the Obama administration made a mistake here," said Bernard Nussbaum, a White House counsel under President Clinton and a longtime acquaintance of Walpin.

Was IG Walpin fired because he uncovered hush money scandal?  In normal America, this would be a hot story; Inspector General fired by the White House (illegally) for uncovering a scandal involving a friend of the president who paid hush money to women to keep them from talking about his sexual harassment of them.  And to make the scandal juicier, the president's friend's girlfriend — the Chancellor of public schools in Washington, D.C. — helped him cover up the wrongdoing.

Girl accuses Sacramento mayor of offering her hush money.  Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson offered to pay $1,000 a month to one of three girls who had accused him of inappropriately touching her while she was involved in his St. HOPE Hood Corps program, the girl told federal agents during their investigation of Johnson's nonprofit St. HOPE organization last year.

Examiner's York gets goods on Americorps.  On Friday, The Washington Examiner's chief political correspondent, Byron York, had another stunning report on the scandal involving the firing of Americorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

New documents:  White House scrambled to justify AmeriCorps firing after the fact.  Just hours after Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa released a report Friday on their investigation into the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin, the Obama White House gave the lawmakers a trove of new, previously-withheld documents on the affair.  It was a twist on the now-familiar White House late-Friday release of bad news; this time, the new evidence was put out not only at the start of a weekend but also hours too late for inclusion in the report.

Obama's sacked inspector general.  Even as congressional investigators demolish White House explanations for its firing last summer of a key inspector general, new documents show that an entire second area of misleading administration statements has gone largely unexplored.  Each new revelation in the case suggests that Gerald Walpin, the fired IG for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), ought to be reinstated to his job.

Inspector General:  Rhee visited me to intervene for Johnson.  On June 27, 2008, Michelle Rhee, head of the Washington, D.C., school system, paid a visit to Gerald Walpin, who was inspector general of the government volunteer organization AmeriCorps.  At the time, Walpin was investigating a California private school known as St. Hope, which was founded by Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star and friend of Rhee's who was running for mayor of Sacramento.

Gerald Walpin Cleared.  After an unjust firing and campaign of character assassination, the former AmeriCorps inspector general has been cleared of acting improperly.  Now where does he go to get his job and reputation back?

The Walpin Pretext.  As John Hinderaker has previously noted in a series of posts, the Walpin story is an interesting one that sheds light on the lawless, bullying side of the Obama administration. ... Walpin was fired after he blew the whistle on waste of government funds by a nonprofit run by [Kevin] Johnson, who in addition to being Obama's friend is also the mayor of Sacramento.  (It is apparently undisputed that Johnson was using AmeriCorps funds to pay people to wash his car, run errands for him, and so on.)  Walpin's effort to discharge his duties got him in hot water not only with Johnson, but also with the AmeriCorps corporation head, Alan Solomont, a Democratic Party fundraiser and Obama crony.

Another reason Michelle Obama is fair game for criticism:
Did AmeriCorps official lie about possible First Lady link to IG firing?  Congressional investigators looking into the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin have discovered that the head of AmeriCorps met with a top aide to First Lady Michelle Obama the day before Walpin was removed.

Walpin-gate may snag Mrs. Obama.  In the past 10 days, two major developments have occurred. ... Most explosively of all, dirty deeds may have been employed to hide extensive involvement in the affair by the office of first lady Michelle Obama, whom the White House months earlier had announced would play "a central role in the national service agenda."

Walpin-Gate Suit Has New Motion.  Complete with a raft of documents and exhibits, fired AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin on Wednesday [12/16/2009] filed a motion for summary judgment in his lawsuit demanding reinstatement to his job — his own motion not even waiting for the judge to rule on the Obama administration's motion to dismiss the case without hearing or trial.

White House Blocks Testimony by First Lady's Ex-Top Aide in Walpin Case.  Republican efforts to interview a former top aide to Michelle Obama in the controversial case of a fired inspector general have been stymied by the White House, the the top Republican looking into the case said Tuesday [12/22/2009].

Walpin-gate gets rusty.  Lawyers learn early that if they are in danger of losing a case, their best strategy is to delay it.  With the help of a friendly judge, that seems to be the Obama administration's strategy in the case of fired AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin.  It is past time for the case to move forward.

Obama, the Chicago Boys, and their 30 Billion Dollar Slush Fund:  [Scroll down slowly]  In 2009, the Obama team fired and then insulted Inspector General Gerald Walpin, who had the temerity to point out irregularities in the spending of federal funds by the Sacramento Mayor and Obama political ally Kevin Johnson. ... Walpin dutifully performed his job and reported this fraud on the federal taxpayer.  Then all hell broke loose and the Obama team dumped tons of bricks and ran Walpin through the mud.  Recall, Barack Obama's statement, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."  That is the modus operandi of a criminal.  Evidently that is also the governing philosophy of our President.

Walpin update:  New charges of political motive in IG firing.  We now have some new clues.  Republican investigators for the Senate Finance Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform have released a supplement to the 62-page report on the Walpin case they filed last November, and it shows that, at the same time he was blocking Walpin, [Lawrence] Brown was seeking an appointment from the Obama White House as the permanent U.S. Attorney.  In other words, when Brown let Obama ally Kevin Johnson off the hook, he was hoping to get a job from the Obama White House.

Walpin-gate reopens.  Republican senators ought to place an open and immediate hold upon the nomination of Jon A. Hatfield as inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  The legislative hold is necessary not to question Mr. Hatfield's fitness for the job, but to insist that the job itself should not yet be deemed open.  The former inspector general (IG), the improperly dismissed Gerald Walpin, filed a motion in court May 20 to force a judge to stop ignoring his lawsuit for reinstatement.  Until he receives his day in court, no replacement should be confirmed.

AmeriCorps scandal figure invited to AmeriCorps conference.  [Scroll down]  But of course Walpin is no longer in his job.  Although there is a general consensus that President Obama ignored the law protecting inspectors general when he fired Walpin without warning or explanation in June 2009, Walpin has not been restored to his post, and his lawsuit seeking his old job back is currently mired in the courts.

Walpin-gate swings wide open.  One year to the day after illegally firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin, the Obama administration is scrambling to ward off further embarrassments related to the case.  On Friday [6/18/2010], Mr. Walpin's lawsuit for reinstatement moved forward another step.  For this tempest to be raging a full year later shows how badly the administration botched the situation from the start.

Former watchdog Walpin loses suit over firing.  A federal agency inspector general fired last year by President Barack Obama amid claims of bizarre and incompetent behavior, Gerald Walpin, has lost the first round in his legal bid to win back his job.

Simmering IG-gate may make this a hot summer for Obama.  You may recall the case of the Inspector General for Americorps Gerald Walpin who was fired after demanding that Sacramento Mayor and Obama buddy Kevin Johnson be tried for spending Americorps funds totaling more than $800,000 for personal use. ... Walpin has sued to get his job back, but the judge in the case has been sitting on various motions for almost a year.  Now it appears, according to this Washington Times article, that things are about ready to break.

Walpin defeat means president can fire IGs at will.  A federal judge in Washington has dismissed the wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was fired last year by President Obama.  And not just dismissed; if the decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts stands, in the future the White House will be able fire other inspectors general as it fired Walpin without fear of legal consequences.

Fired inspector general appeals to win job back.  Gerald Walpin, whose lawsuit to win back his job as inspector general overseeing the Americorps program was dismissed two weeks ago, has filed an appeal in the case.  Walpin, who was fired by President Barack Obama during his dogged efforts to investigate Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to review the dismissal of his lawsuit, which sought his reinstatement as inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Walpin-gate judge has conflict.  "I've got your back."  That's what U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts said to his decades-long friend, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., in introducing the AG at an April 22 speech at Vassar College.  At that time, Judge Roberts was ignoring several legal deadlines to the benefit of Mr. Holder's administration on numerous motions and countermotions in a key lawsuit for which Mr. Holder's underlings effectively were acting as defense attorneys.

The Unsung Heroes of the Federal Government.  President Obama has been busy firing [Inspectors General] when they uncover taxpayer abuse perpetrated by Barack Obama's friends and Democratic allies (as was Gerald Walpin when he reported on the antics of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a Democrat ally of Obama) and trying to prevent them being hired to watch a $30 billion dollar new government program that was under the control of the Obama administration.  One of the best Inspectors General has been Neil Barofsky, the TARP Watchdog who recently announced that the Obama administration mishandled the closing of auto dealerships and that decisions may have been made based on whether minorities owned dealerships.

Did someone mention Dealergate?

IGs need subpoena power.  Rep. Darrell Issa has a long and applauded nonpartisan record of support for inspectors general (IGs) and their important role in uncovering fraud, waste and abuse in government.  It is therefore surprising to find him under attack for proposing to give IGs the tool of subpoena power to obtain deposition testimony from witnesses.  As one who served as an inspector general, only to be fired by the succeeding president for doing my job of uncovering fraud, waste and abuse, I think I have the experience to comment on Mr. Issa's proposal.

Gerald Walpin speaks:  The inside story of the AmeriCorps firing.  The White House's decision to fire AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin came amid politically-charged tensions inside the Corporation for National and Community Service, the organization that runs AmeriCorps.  Top executives at the Corporation, Walpin explained in an hour-long interview Saturday [6/6/2009], were unhappy with his investigation into the misuse of AmeriCorps funds by Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California and a prominent supporter of President Obama.

No More "Mr. Obama Is a Nice Guy".  Barack Obama is not a "nice guy."  Ask Gerald Walpin, the former AmeriCorps inspector general who was pushed out of his job by the Obamas after exposing fraud and corruption perpetrated by Democratic mayor of Sacramento and Obama friend Kevin Johnson.  Walpin was unceremoniously fired and smeared by Team Obama.  The White House baselessly questioned the veteran watchdog's mental health and never apologized for slandering him.

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