Earl Devaney, the government investigator who helped bring down superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, is ready for his next assignment, said Philip Elliott in the Associated Press. President Obama this week named Devaney to head the new Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board, res-ponsible for tracking the money in the newly enacted $787 billion economic stimulus plan.
Since 1999, Devaney has served as inspector general at the Interior Department, where he exposed corruption at the department’s Minerals Management Service. His investigation of Abramoff’s dealings with the department led to the criminal conviction of the agency’s No. 2 official, Steven Griles. A separate investigation uncovered “a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” at the agency, which collects royalties from energy companies drilling on federal land. Now, “the busiest gumshoe inside the federal bureaucracy” may have his toughest job yet: making sure that Obama’s massive stimulus plan is not derailed by fraud and waste.