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Friday, June 02, 2006

Bush nominates new DOD Inspector General

No clue if this is good news or bad. Ideally, it means the IG could show some more independence and leadership. Unfortunately, things can get lost in the shuffle, so I'm not exactly holding my breath.

From the press release at Whitehouse.gov:

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate three individuals, appoint four individuals, and upon confirmation and appointment designate three individuals to serve in his Administration:

The President intends to nominate David H. Laufman, of Texas, to be Inspector General of the Department of Defense. Mr. Laufman currently serves as Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to this, he served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, he served as Investigative Counsel for the House Ethics Committee. Mr. Laufman received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from Georgetown University.


From Michael Scherer at Salon.com:

Late-breaking word from the White House: The president has decided, after months of delay, to nominate a new inspector general for the Department of Defense, a once formidable watchdog position that has been vacant since September. The new guy is David H. Laufman, who now works as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

On the surface, I know this sounds like so much bureaucratic baseball. But in the complex chess game that is Washington, it represents a golden opportunity for Congress to actually show some oversight of Donald Rumsfeld's big house across the Potomac.