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House official Dan Beard quits after tough IG report

By Ben Pershing
House Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard resigned his post Thursday, just days after an internal report criticized his office for lax management practices.

The CAO is in charge of the day-to-day operations of much of the House, from payroll and information technology services to child care and parking for employees. Beard, a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), has held the post since Democrats took power at the start of the 110th Congress.

"Today, Dan Beard offered his resignation as CAO of the House of Representatives and I have accepted it," Pelosi said in a statement issued by her office. "It is with gratitude that we recognize Dan's contributions to the House: spearheading the 'Green the Capitol' initiative and leading the development of online transparency efforts on Member expenses, among other achievements."

In his own message to CAO employees, Beard said, "I am departing the House to pursue other interests and spend more time with my grandkids."

Beard did not mention any other reason for his departure, but lawmakers and senior aides have complained of receiving poor service from the CAO, and a new report by the House Inspector General's office found that the CAO's payroll and financial counseling operations were rife with problems.

According to a draft version of the IG report, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Post, "A higher degree of anxiety and uncertainty appears to exist among staff in both Financial Counseling and [payroll and benefits]. Frequent management changes and staff turnover contribute to a sense of organizational instability and uncertainty." The report also found that "[c]ommunications between management and staff have been inadequate," and that there is "low staff morale" that is "evident to customers" of the CAO.

Roll Call, which first disclosed the IG report this week, wrote Thursday that the House Appropriations Committee had decided to withhold $20 million from the CAO's budget for the next fiscal year until the office made several changes suggested by the IG report.

Though he is close to Democratic leaders, Beard has attracted some controversy in the post. Republicans have accused him of being overly zealous in promoting Pelosi "green the Capitol" environmental initiative and suggested that Beard, a former Democratic aide on the House Natural Resources Committee, might be too partisan to hold the nonpartisan CAO job.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 1, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Capitol Briefing  | Tags: house cao; dan beard; dan beard resigns; dan beard quits  
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Posted by: gdodd414 | July 4, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Why doesn't The Washington Post have front page coverage of the accusations against the Department of Justice stemming from the Black Panthers' voter intimidation case? Could it be that the editors are actively trying to hide something from The American People? Is it only voter intimidation when a white man intimidates a black man? Or could the reason lie in the fact that the Obama administration is holding something over the head of some members of The Washington Post's leadership?

Posted by: gdodd414 | July 4, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

.

Hey Democrats,

Now Pelosi will have to find Beard a new job

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

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Posted by: kstobbe1 | July 3, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Well it's about time!! This nincompoop has spent the past 3 years dismantling what had previously been a quality organization. He proved he is nothing more that a political hack and a self promoting egotist who's incompetent to run or manage anything. He surrounded himself with brown nosers and head nodders who have all proven to be total idiots. This guy is a joke! Finally.

Hey Dan, GFY, you A##H###!

Posted by: NoBS2 | July 2, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

If poor management is sufficient reason for one of these clowns to resign, then the whole bunch of democrat morons who have been running the House and Senate need to belly up and leave.
They are abysmal leeches who couldn't run a yard sale, much less the Congress.
November can't come soon enough to strt cleaning the democrat manure out of Congress.

Posted by: LarryG62 | July 1, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Rats off the sinking ship....it already started in the White House and now the House of Representatives. This is an instant replay of the Jimmy Carter Administration.

Posted by: Realist201 | July 1, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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