Devaney Announces Retirement, Ends Storied Government Career

Dec 02, 2011, 07:00 ET from Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earl E. Devaney, the Chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, is retiring after 41 years of service in the federal government.


In a letter to President Obama, Devaney said his resignation was effective December 31. He resigned from the Recovery Board and two other posts—as the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior and as the Chairman of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board.

Devaney, a champion of government openness and a prudent custodian of taxpayer funds, took the occasion to laud those with whom he has worked.

Praising the "dedicated employees of the Interior Office of Inspector General,'' Devaney said that the IG staff "has worked tirelessly to uncover inefficiencies, waste, and fraud—some instances of which have no doubt shocked the nation.''

Devaney worked closely with Vice President Joe Biden on Recovery Board issues and praised Biden for his "thoughtful devotion to this historic undertaking.'' He went on to applaud the work of his fellow Inspectors General on the Recovery Board.

He also said that Government Accountability and Transparency Board, created by the President last June in his campaign against waste, fraud and abuse, was preparing to propose "concrete methods'' for improving oversight and transparency of all federal funds.

The Recovery Board operates the website that carries information on how the $840 billion in Recovery funds have been spent. A news release on Devaney's retirement and his resignation letter can be found on the website.

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SOURCE Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board