Thursday, May 03, 2007

Stuart Bowen: Guilty of oversight

* Reuters:
"Stuart Bowen, the U.S. special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction whose office has uncovered abuse of both Iraqi and U.S. funds, is under investigation himself, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

"Complaints against Mr. Bowen are being looked at by the integrity committee of the PCIE (President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency), said spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore.

She gave no details about the investigation or the nature of the complaints against Bowen, who heads the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, or SIGIR.
"It has been going on for a long time," (Clay Johnson, the deputy director for management of the White House Office of Management and Budget) said.
Several former SIGIR employees filed complaints about Bowen in 2006, focusing on charges that he failed to come to work for long periods at a time, and used SIGIR staff to work on a book about the broad lessons of Iraq reconstruction, said one former SIGIR employee, who asked not to be identified.
Before his White House tenure, Bowen was a legal adviser to the Bush-Cheney transition team; and from 1994 to 2000, he held a variety of positions on Bush's staff in Texas, when Bush was governor."
Bowen has been a naughty lad, trying to implement some oversight and all.

No mention in the Reuters report that the egadministration had tried to get SIGIR outta Iraq last year.

Funny that news of this investigation is coming out now...


Don said...

The President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency... oh, the irony abounds...

lukery said...

good to see you, my friend.

and yep, i'm so sick of irony' - i've really had more than my fill...

Kax said...

Hey Don`, good to see you again. I was just asking Luke where you and the others on the GSF were these days. I was off sulking for a while about impeachment being off the table.