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Gerald Walpin Documents

By Ed O'Keefe

Federal Eye readers and sources have asked to see all of the documents obtained by The Washington Post earlier this week in regards to the dismissal of Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

The 33 documents below were provided earlier this week to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. They stretch from April 2008 to June 2009 and demonstrate the difficult working relationship between Walpin, the Corporation's bipartisan board of directors, chief executive officer, general counsel and agency staffers.

For his part, Walpin has said the agency's claims lack merit and do little to build a case for his dismissal.

"That is a job of the IG: to comment on what the IG thinks is the most efficient use of the money," Walpin said recently, acknowledging his frequent disagreements with agency leadership.

The documents are posted below in chronological order. Read them if you want then leave your thoughts in the comments section below:

April 23, 2008: A memo from General Counsel Frank Trinity to Corporation Board Chairman David Eisner regarding an April 15 Walpin memo regarding how to handle improper end of term service hour certifications for AmeriCorps members.

April 23, 2008: A memo from Trinity to Walpin regarding how to handle improper end of term service hour certifications for AmeriCorps members.

April 25, 2008: A memo from Walpin to Eisner and Trinity regarding Trinity's response to Walpin's memo about how to handle improper end of term service hour certifications for AmeriCorps members.

April 30, 2008: Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress for October 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008.

May 6, 2008: Walpin memo to Eisner and Trinity in response to memos responding to his memo about how to handle improper end of term service hour certifications for AmeriCorps members.

May 15,2008: Notes from a Board of Directors Management, Audit, and Governance Committee meeting attended by Committee Chairman Jack Lew, Goldsmith and board member Vince Juaristi. The committee met with Walpin and OIG staffers in executive session, according to the notes.

May 15,2008: Presentation by Inspector General to Corporation Board MAG Committee. The written version of what Walpin and his staff shared with board members at the May 15, 2008 meeting.

June 17, 2008: E-mail from Trinity to agency employees regarding his conversation with Walpin about the mock newsletter that included racial and sexually-themed jokes. "I told him that, under our policy, it was up to him to review and take appropriate action," Trinity wrote of Walpin.

Sept. 3, 2008: Notes from Board of Directors Management and Governance Committee meeting attended by Lew, Juaristi and Goldsmith. The committee met with Walpin to discuss progress since their May 2008 meeting, according to the notes.

Oct. 14, 2008: Notes from Board of Directors Management and Governance Committee meeting attended by Juaristi, Tanenblatt and board member Donna Williams. Walpin discussed several issues with the board, including the St. Hope Academy investigation, according to the notes.

Jan. 23-26, 2009: E-mails between Walpin, Tanenblatt, Goldsmith and Solomont regarding Walpin's request to telecommute at least a few days per week from his New York City residence.

Jan. 27, 2009: Notes from a Board of Directors Management and Governance Committee meeting attended by Goldsmith, Tanenblatt, Solomont and Juaristi.

Feb. 26, 2009: Notes from a Board of Directors Management and Governance Committee meeting. Board Chairman Alan Solomont, Board Vice Chairman Steve Goldsmith and Board members Eric Tanenblatt and Stan Soloway attended.

April 9, 2009: Notes from a board meeting during which Walpin's investigations of St. Hope Academy and the City University of New York's use of AmeriCorps grants were discussed.

April 29, 2009: A letter from Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown to Kenneth W.Kaiser, chairman of the integrity committee of the Counsel of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, regarding Walpin's conduct during his office's investigation of St. Hope Academy, and its directors Kevin Johnson and Dana Gonzalez.

May 2009: Walpin's Special Report to Congress from the Office of Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The special report to Congress regarding Walpin's disagreement with a Justice Department settlement with Johnson, Gonzalez and St. Hope Academy.

May 7-8, 2009: E-mails between Walpin, Trinity, Special Assistant to the IG John Park, Solomont, Goldsmith, Tanenblatt and Corporation CEO Nicola Goren regarding Walpin's special report to Congress regarding the St. Hope Academy investigation.

May 11,2009: Notes from a Board of Directors Management and Governance Committee meeting attended by Solomont and Tanenblatt. Walpin shared his semi-annual report during the meeting, according to the notes.

May 12, 2009: Letter from Corporation CEO Nicola Goren to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy regarding Walpin's special report on the St. Hope Academy investigation.

May 20, 2009: Trinity’s Memo to the File Regarding The May 20, 2009, OIG Briefing.

May 20, 2009: Stan Soloway’s Handwritten Notes From The May 20, 2009, OIG Briefing.

May 20, 2009: Tanenblatt's written notes from the May 20, 2009 Corporation board meeting. "I wonder if we should shut down the discussion due to the IG's obvious confusion and let the record reflect so," Tanenblatt wrote on one piece of paper.

May 20, 2009: Frank R. Trinity’s Handwritten Notes from the May 20, 2009, OIG Briefing.

June 2, 2009: Memo from Goren to Walpin regarding his alert to Corporation management about additional funding grants to the City University of New York.

June 4, 2009: Office of Inspector General for Corporation for National and Community Service Evaluation of the Corporation's service grants to the City University of New York.

June 4, 2009: Agreed-Upon Procedures for Corporation for National and Community Service Education Award Program Grants Awarded to The
Research Foundation for The City University of New York (RFCUNY)
.

June 17, 2009: Letter from board members Solomont, Goldsmith, Im, Palmer, Soloway, Tanenblatt, Ward to Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) regarding their concerns with Walpin's tenure. "Over an extended period of time, we observed how Gerald Walpin's effectiveness as
Inspector General significantly diminished," they wrote.

June 18, 2009: Letter to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) from Goren regarding Walpin's special report to Congress about the St. Hope Academy settlement.

June 18, 2009: Typed Translation of Stan Soloway’s Notes Regarding the May 20, 2009, OIG Briefing. These are notes from the meeting at which the White House says Walpin "appeared confused, disoriented and unable to answer questions."

June 22, 2009: Letter from board member Julie Fisher Cummings to Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) regarding the board's concerns about with Walpin's tenure.

June 26, 2009: Letter from board member Mark D. Gearan to Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) regarding the board's concerns with Walpin's tenure.

June 29, 2009: Corporation for National and Community Service Response to Freedom of Information Act Request by Ed O'Keefe. Formal acknowledgment of The Eye's request for Walpin documents.

Undated: Excerpt of a Office of Management and Budget circular regarding "Communications with the Congress and the Public and Clearance Requirements."

Special thanks to washingtonpost.com's Emily Kotecki for producing these documents.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 2, 2009; 5:10 PM ET
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Comments

In reading through these communications,
I'm concerned that much of what was determined was not to the point of the charges by Mr. Walpin. I'm certain that because of the foot dragging, and lack of any concern as to what he and his sssistent had uncovered really struck of frustration that set him to desperation.
There's much more to this then what's being
put forward, and it seems we're hearing just one side. I'd like to here what the IG's have to say, and not just Mr. Walpins'
view.

Posted by: hljon | July 2, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Why is the proposed firing of a Caucasian senior executive garnering so much media and congressional interests, when tens of thousands of minority federal employees have been terminated from federal employment in retaliation for filing employment discrimination complaints against their agencies. During the past eight years, the Congress as well as the Washington Post have shown no interest in exposing or investigating such illegal behavior. Checkout:
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Posted by: PTaylor8336 | July 6, 2009 3:08 AM | Report abuse

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