Federal watchdogs name top staffer to oversee pandemic response

A council of inspectors basic that went darkish after President Donald Trump eliminated the highest coronavirus reduction watchdog earlier this month resurfaced Monday, naming a high staffer to supervise the federal government’s pandemic response and launching an internet site that can catalog the IGs’ efforts.

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, a panel of two dozen federal inspectors basic charged with coordinating work to analyze the coronavirus reduction effort, named Robert Westbrooks, a veteran inspector basic, as its government director on Monday. Westbrooks, a licensed public accountant and an lawyer, and the inspector basic of an enormous federal retirement profit program, has held senior watchdog positions on the Small Enterprise Administration, Division of Transportation, U.S. Postal Service and Nationwide Archives.

“I stay up for working with all the oversight neighborhood — federal, state, and native — to coordinate and conduct impartial oversight over these critically essential emergency reduction packages, and assist be certain that funds are used successfully and effectively and main program dangers are addressed,” Westbrooks stated in a press release.

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