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Amtrak: Internal Company Document Reveals Bitter Conflict Between Independent Inspector General And Management

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August 6, 2009

Read At POGO Blog:  New Documents Detail Threats to Fire Amtrak Inspector General

Recent news reports regarding the departure of Amtrak Inspector General Fred E. Weiderhold, Jr. have suggested the IG left voluntarily after reaching an agreement with Amtrak management.  Now, new documents just made public show that Amtrak, America’s federally subsidized rail network, wanted to fire its independent Inspector General.  Sen. Charles Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa, ranking member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform have called on Amtrak to explain itself. 
 
The Project On Government Oversight believes these documents point to inappropriate interference in the work of an independent Inspector General. 

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