His Name is Earl

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.

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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.


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17 responses to “His Name is Earl

  1. Obama is a great president I would like to say..also great post…keep up the great work.

  2. thanks john!
    welcome to the raisin! 😀

    i think obama is doing very well so far. hope you will stop by often!

  3. Nicely done, clever as always, Nonnie.
    Keep on rockin’!

  4. jlms qkw/Jenn

    the good news seems to be much easier to find these days . . .

  5. Great post, also excellent advice you gave Ram. Next time I am at the library, I will head to the children’s section.

    • hi ahmnodt heare!
      welcome to the raisin! 😀 what a nice surprise to see you here. maybe some of the others from the food here convenience store will come over to get out of the cold until ram gets his store back. i’ll be serving expired dairy products so everyone feels right at home! 🙂

  6. When I first read that Earl was the Inspector General of the Interior Department, I was hoping it was the guy who busted the Minerals Management Service for their shenanigans. I was right. Finally, someone who did something right under W is getting recognized in a positive way. Under W, I suspect no good deed went unpunished.

    • neon vincent,
      if he got as much accomplished as he did under chimpy, i would guess that those receiving money under the stim would think twice before blowing the money on party favors and hookers.

  7. jeb

    A-c-c-o-u-n-t-a-b-i-l-i-t-y. We all have to learn to spell and say that again since it disappeared from the national lexicon over the last eight years.

    He sounds like an excellent choice. Anyone who was involved in bringing down Sleazebag Abramoff is already good in my books.

    • jeb,
      you scared me! 😮 i thought you were telling me i spelled accountability wrong in the poster.

      i am happy anytime abramoff’s name is brought up. it reminds everyone how sleazy some in dc really are.

  8. Let’s hope this guy feels emboldened enough to start REALLY kicking ass and taking names.
    There are billions of tax dollars being bamboozled by civil servants and contractors that need to be stopped.
    They can start by eliminating cost overruns and no-bid, secret contracts.
    Dick Cheney’s Halliburton deserves a million hungry auditors on it’s ass, just for starters.

    • karen,
      it doesn’t sound like this guy is a shrinking violet. he sounds like an asskicker straight out of central casting. i think he was born emboldened.

  9. Did you see him during Obama’s speech? Holy cow, if I was in an office and saw that guy walking in, I’d crap my pants.

    • i did see him, and i was very surprised that obama didn’t introduce him and list his qualifications. i’m sure most people didn’t know who he was when he was on camera. i definitely wouldn’t mess with him either.