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Tue Apr 7, 2020, 12:22 PM

Trump removes independent watchdog for coronavirus funds, upending oversight panel [View all]

Source: Politico

President Donald Trump has upended the panel of federal watchdogs overseeing his implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus law, tapping a replacement for the Pentagon official who was supposed to lead the effort.

A panel of inspectors general had named Glenn Fine — the acting Pentagon watchdog — to lead the group charged with monitoring the coronavirus relief effort. But Trump on Monday removed Fine from his post, instead naming an EPA inspector general to serve as the temporary Pentagon watchdog.

That decision effectively removed Fine from his role overseeing the coronavirus relief effort, since the new law permits only current inspectors general to fill the position.


“Mr. Fine is no longer on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee,” Dwrena Allen, a spokesperson for the Pentagon inspector general's office, said in a statement to POLITICO.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/07/trump-removes-independent-watchdog-for-coronavirus-funds-upending-oversight-panel-171943

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