AmeriCorps Inspector General Walpin Fired — Some Preliminary Observations:

So President Obama has given notice that he’s firing Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which operates “AmeriCorps.” Walpin, in the midst of a “noisy departure” from his post, alleges that he was fired for sniffing out wrongdoing of a politically connected former NBA player who has gone on to become mayor of Sacramento. The acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, meanwhile, reportedly found that Walpin’s conclusions seemed overstated and did not accurately reflect all the information gathered in the investigation. He reportedly has referred Walpin to the President’s Counsel on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE), a body established by executive orders 12301 and 12805 to handle investigations into the conduct of Inspectors General themselves.

Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, reportedly told Walpin last Wednesday that it was “time to move on” and he would be fired if he didn’t resign. When Walpin refused to resign, the President fired him, presumably effective 30 days hence. The Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 provides that

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