Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stimulus update

President Obama plans to announce tomorrow that the investigator that helped expose the corruption of Jack Abramoff will lead the oversight effort on the stimulus:
President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday a former Secret Service agent who helped expose lobbyists' corruption at the Interior Department as his pick to oversee the $787 billion economic stimulus plan.

Obama is set to name Earl Devaney as chairman of the new Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board, an administration official said Sunday. Vice President Joe Biden also will be given a role coordinating oversight of stimulus spending.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House had not made public the announcement.

Devaney, the inspector general of the Interior Department, helped turn up disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings at the department. The department's No. 2 official, Steven Griles, pleaded guilty to charges he lied during congressional testimony based in part on Devaney's investigation.
Meanwhile, while some GOP governors are saying they might refuse at least part of the stimulus money, others are much more sane. Gov. Schwarzenegger even said he'd take the money if they don't.

UPDATE: The Obama administration announced that $15 billion for Medicaid will begin flowing to the states on Wednesday. President Obama is also tapping Vice President Joe Biden to oversee the implemention of the stimulus.

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