WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today sent a letter
to President Biden urging the administration to promptly appoint a qualified
individual as the Acting Inspector General to the Federal Housing Finance
Agency (FHFA) and quickly nominate a permanent successor for the Senate’s
consideration. This comes after embattled FHFA Inspector General Laura
following years of investigation
by Grassley and a call for Biden to remove her from office.
“Though the IG herself is leaving,
whistleblowers have contacted our offices and are concerned that individuals
that were complicit in her malfeasance will not only remain at FHFA OIG, but also
enter leadership roles. The current FHFA OIG succession plan, if unaltered,
would name the FHFA OIG Chief Counsel as the Acting IG. The Chief Counsel role is
currently held by Leonard DePasquale, who was found to have obstructed the IC
investigation and subsequently recommended for disciplinary action in the IC
found to have acted inappropriately in the IC report, including Mr. DePasquale,
should not be placed in leadership positions at FHFA OIG or elsewhere,”
the senators wrote.
Grassley is a longtime advocate
inspectors general and government accountability, having authored numerous laws
to bolster and protect inspector general offices. Over the course
of multiple administrations
Grassley has sought to protect inspectors general from political interference
or inappropriate removal.
Full text of the letter can be found HERE.