Issa Statement on Retirement of Recovery Board Chairman Earl Devaney

December 1, 2011
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WASHINGTON, DC – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa released the following statement on today’s announcement that Recovery Act and Transparency Board Chairman Earl Devaney will step down and retire after 41 years of government service.

“Earl Devaney has been an outstanding public servant. Supporters of accountable government will miss the energy, tenacity and innovation he brought with him as a guardian of taxpayer dollars.

“I first worked with Earl Devaney in 2006 when he, as the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior, and I, as asubcommittee Chairman, conducted and cooperated on parallel investigations of leadership failures within the Minerals Management Service – the same failed agency that later gained notoriety for its role in the 2010 gulf oil spill.

“As Chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, he has introduced innovative techniques to combat waste, fraud and mismanagement. I strongly believe the Devaney Model is the future of protecting taxpayer dollars and must be applied to all federal spending.

“While America may be losing a tireless public servant, his legacy will live on. Senator Mark Warner and I have introducedbipartisan, bicameral legislation - the DATA Act, reported out of the Oversight Committee on June 22 - to apply the Devaney Model across the federal government.

“I thank Earl for his outstanding service and wish him well in his retirement.”

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