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Walpin’s Appeals Rejected

Posted on | January 4, 2011 | 4 Comments

You may remember IG-Gate:

A three-judge panel rejected appeals Tuesday by Gerald Walpin, a former federal watchdog fired by President Obama in 2009, likely ending his attempts to get back his old job.
Former Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General Gerald Walpin. (AP)Walpin was appointed inspector general for the agency overseeing AmeriCorps during George W. Bush’s administration and filed suit in July 2009 shortly after his dismissal.
But in a unanimous seven-page ruling issued Tuesday, judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously affirmed a previous district court decision, stating that Walpin “does not have a ‘clear and indisputable right’ ” to reinstatement.
In an interview, Walpin said he was disappointed by the decision, “not for myself but for the institution of inspectors general,” because the court decision “has effectively removed any meaning” to a 2008 inspector general reform law.

Above and beyond the individual issue of Walpin’s firing is this question: What have Obama’s appointees been getting away with at AmeriCorps in the past year-and-a-half? And the White House lawyer who fired Walpin? He’s now ambassador to Czechoslovakia.


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