From Federal Computer Week:
President Barack Obama today named Earl Devaney, inspector general of the Interior Department, to oversee how the government spends the $787 billion economic stimulus package. Devaney will head the newly created Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board.
Vice President Joe Biden will oversee implementation of the law and meet regularly with federal Cabinet leaders, state governors and mayors, Obama said.
The White House has launched the http://www.recovery.gov Web site to track how the federal government spends the economic stimulus funds.
“We cannot tolerate business as usual — not in Washington, but also not in our state capitals,” Obama said. He pledged to stop federal agency projects that waste money and to “call them out on it” when state governments do the same.
Who is Earl? From The Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday a former Secret Service agent who helped expose lobbyists’ corruption at the Interior Department as his pick to oversee the $787 billion economic stimulus plan.
Devaney, the inspector general of the Interior Department, helped turn up disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s dealings at the department. The department’s No. 2 official, Steven Griles, pleaded guilty to charges he lied during congressional testimony based in part on Devaney’s investigation.
Italia Federici, co-founder of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, and former Interior Department official Roger Stillwell also pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the Interior investigation.
In addition to the Abramoff investigation, Devaney led a separate investigation into workers at the Minerals Management Service, part of the Interior Department. His review found a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” at the Denver and Washington offices of the service.
He has served as the inspector general _ or in-house auditor _ of the Interior Department since 1999.
Devaney worked as a senior official with the Secret Service, retiring in 1991. He then worked as head of criminal enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency.
A native of Massachusetts, Devaney earned a degree from Franklin and Marshall College.