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Meet the Members of the Board – The Chairman

Posted in Recovery Act by on December 1, 2010

Chairman, Earl DevaneyEarl E. Devaney is a veteran public official dedicated to accountability and transparency in government.

On February 23, 2009, six days after signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, President Obama named Devaney to head the Recovery Board, which is charged with overseeing spending under the $787 billion program. In announcing Devaney’s appointment, the President said: “Earl has doggedly pursued waste, fraud and mismanagement. He has the reputation of being one of the best [Inspectors General] that we have in this town…. I can’t think of a more tenacious and efficient guardian of the hard-earned tax dollars the American people have entrusted us to wisely invest.”

President Bill Clinton appointed Devaney as the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior in 1999. During his tenure, he oversaw the public corruption investigations that led to the convictions of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Interior Deputy Secretary Steven Griles. He also presided over the oil and gas investigations that engulfed the Minerals Management Service from 2007 to 2009.

Before becoming the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior, Devaney spent eight years as the Director of the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training for the Environmental Protection Agency. In that job, he supervised all of EPA’s criminal investigators, the agency’s forensics laboratory, and its enforcement training institute. In 1998, he received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for outstanding government service.

Devaney began his federal law enforcement career with the Secret Service in 1970, following his graduation from Franklin and Marshall College. At the time of his retirement from the Secret Service in 1991, Devaney was Special Agent-in-Charge of the Fraud Division and was recognized as an international expert in white collar crime.

We’ll be posting bios for the 12 other Board members on an occasional basis.

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  1. Leo Sarabia said, on December 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Truth and Transparency, how much of the tax payer money is going to his salary and staff?

  2. Patty said, on December 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I find it very disturbing that I myself had filed two different fraud complaints directly to Mr. Devaney via Certified Mail and never has he responded or anyone from his office. Whenn you file a complaint on the website, you don’t even get a reference number…That fraud reporting option is just a joke. The most recent complaint is a Recovery Act Funded Contract that was set aside for 100% HUBZONE SMALL BUSINESS…It was over a $4,000,000.00 Job to help boost the economy and lower income areas with jobs. Instead this 100% HUBZONE/Recovery Act Job went to a NON HUBZONE CERTIFIED Large Company. Now explain that one Mr. Devaney. Are these funds really going where they are suppose to be going or are the larger companies paying to steal these contract from the Lower Income HUBZONE Small Businesses? Try responding to the fraud complaints and stop ignoring them and stop taking bribes from the larger companies that don’t need these benefits.

  3. Patty said, on December 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you Bathrooms GuRu…At least someone is responding…Maybe not the right person, but someone. I actually sent another Email to the Depty Chief of the HUBZONE today and Copied Mr. Devaney…Still haven’t gotten a response from either…Now, if I was filing a complaint about an average tax payer, miss using the Recovery Funds I am sure I would get a response immediately, but since it’s seems to be the negligence of the Government managing the funds, it’s as if they turn their back to that. Since you have such great luck getting a response from Mr. Devaney, how about you contacting him and ask him to respond to all my Certified letters or my emails. :)

  4. Jon said, on January 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Hmm. Patty, could you provide us with more details? Like the area you live in? And the name of the large company in question that got the contract?

  5. Shine said, on October 23, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Hi Patty! Just curious….what happened to your complaints?

  6. William V. Sobers said, on November 21, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Hopefully we will hear from you about the complaints. Thank you

  7. Patty said, on November 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    My personal Attorney took over and now the US Justice Department is investigating it. But never Devaney or his staff.

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