Stephen Akard: Acting State Department watchdog resigns just months after former inspector general fired

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Staff at the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) were briefed on Akard’s decision in an email Wednesday morning from one of the department’s senior officials, a source close to the department told CNN. departure.It is not known why Akard is resigning. Akard’s assistant Diana Shaw’s email said he would be returning to Indiana.

Akard, an ally of Vice President Mike Pence, was chosen to replace Steve Linick who was sacked late on a Friday night in May. He worked under the Indiana Pence government at the time as the head of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. His ties to Pence and the fact that he retained his role as head of the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions when he became head of the State IG’s office has bothered diplomats, who considered part of the politicization of the State Department.

The State Department and State OIG are in final negotiations over releasing their report to Pompeo declaring an emergency last year that saw the administration ramp up an $ 8 billion arms sale. dollars to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for their war in Yemen despite congressional objections, the source said.

The State Department and State Office of the OIG did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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