Posted on | June 17, 2010 | 4 Comments
Dan Collins at Piece of Work in Progress notes that, more than a year after Gerald Walpin was fired from his job as inspector general overseeing the AmeriCorps program, Walpin’s lawsuit against the Corporation for National and Community Service is still unresolved. The Washington Times has more:
The most public dispute between the administration and Mr. Walpin involved the IG’s efforts to sanction Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and self-proclaimed friend of the first couple, for a series of ethical and financial improprieties in Mr. Johnson’s use of AmeriCorps grants.
On June 9, 2010, The Washington Times broke the story that AmeriCorps’ parent, Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), ignored its own sanctions against Mr. Johnson for infractions admitted by the mayor by featuring him in an honored speaking slot at the upcoming National Conference on Volunteering and Service June 28 through 30 in New York. By June 11 – the anniversary of the firing – CNCS executives made a series of frantic phone calls that resulted in Mr. Johnson being scrubbed from the list of speakers and removed from the website. The remaining questions are: Who invited Mr. Johnson in the first place, and why?
Walpin’s lawsuit is a major reason that the Obama administration can’t make the IG-Gate story go away.