President Donald Trump replaced the inspector general for the Department of Defense (DOD) after he was named to lead a watchdog committee overseeing how the $2.2 trillion CCP virus relief package is being spent.
“Yesterday, the president nominated Mr. Jason Abend for the position of DOD Inspector General,” Dwrena Allen, spokeswoman at the DOD Office of the Inspector General, told media outlets in an email on April 7. “The same day, the president also designated Mr. Sean W. ODonnell, who is the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General (EPA IG), to serve as the Acting DOD IG in addition to his current duties at the EPA.”
Abend is a senior policy adviser with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Glenn Fine, who had served as the acting Pentagon IG since 2016, wont lead the COVID-19 pandemic oversight panel, Allen said. He will be the principal deputy inspector general in the agency.
Fine “remains focused and committed to the important mission of the DOD OIG,” Allen told The Hill, adding that Fine will no longer be on the panel investigating the pandemic relief package.
“Mr. Fine is no longer on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee,” she said in a statement.
Last week, when he was appointed to head the committee, the move drew bipartisan words of praise.
“Glenn Fine has a good reputation as a tough federal prosecutor and former [Department of Justice] Inspector General, and must exercise his full oversight authority to ensure that the Trump administration implements the CARES Act as intended,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said at the time.
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