WASHINGTON – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., Thursday issued the following statement on the firing of Gerald Walpin as Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service:
“Last week the White House notified the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee of its intent to terminate Gerald Walpin from his position as Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Although there was some early question about whether the Obama Administration had followed the Inspector General law in providing Congress with an adequate written explanation for the firing, there is now general agreement the Administration has followed both the spirit and the letter of the law with respect to notice.
“Through two letters and oral briefings, the White House has communicated a number of concerns with Mr. Walpin’s conduct as Inspector General. I appreciate the White House’s efforts to provide a full accounting of the procedures it took leading up to the firing and the reasons for its decision.
“I will continue to review the matter of Mr. Walpin’s dismissal to ensure that the Administration had ample justification for its actions.”