Last week, allegations surfaced that State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard had “repeatedly interfered with on-going investigations to protect the State Department and the White House from political embarrassment.” Now, the American Foreign Service Adminstration wants Krongard gone:
The worse-case scenario in corruption is when it endangers lives. The worse-case scenario in public service is when the watchdog becomes the suspected violator. Both of these allegations have been leveled against Mr. Krongard. As long as he maintains day-to-day control, his office’s ability to do its vital job with full credibility will be compromised. He should step down until the allegations are resolved one way or another.
Krongard is one of at least four IGs currently under investigation for “waste, fraud and abuse.”