Federal Sleuth to Oversee Stimulus Plan

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2009 6:31 PM CST
Federal Sleuth to Oversee Stimulus Plan
Interior Department Inspector General Earl Devaney testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Obama is naming one of Washington's top investigators to oversee spending of the $787 billion stimulus plan, Politico reports. Earl E. Devaney, inspector general of the Interior Department, will head a board overseeing how agencies and departments spend the taxpayers' money. A former fraud investigator, Devaney helped amass evidence on Jack Abramoff's dealings with Indian tribes.

As head of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board, Devaney will work with Joe Biden, also tapped to help oversee stimulus spending. Obama plans to announce the appointment of Devaney—called “the busiest gumshoe inside the federal bureaucracy" by the New York Times—tomorrow during a meeting with governors about the spending package.
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