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Obama picks F&M alum to oversee stimulus plan

President calls Earl Devaney ‘efficient guardian' of tax dollars

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Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 3:34 pm | Updated: 5:45 pm, Wed Sep 11, 2013.

The man introduced Monday by President Barack Obama as his choice to oversee the $787 billion economic stimulus plan is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College.

Earl Devaney, a 1970 alumnus of F&M, was tapped by Obama to be chairman of the new Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board.

Devaney, most recently inspector general at the Department of the Interior, will work with Vice President Joe Biden to monitor wasteful spending of the stimulus and to issue periodic reports to the public.

In introducing Devaney, Obama said, "Earl has doggedly pursued waste, fraud and mismanagement [and] has the reputation of being one of the best inspector generals that we have in this town.

"I can't think of any more tenacious and efficient guardian of the hard-earned tax dollars the American people have entrusted us to wisely invest."

During his tenure at Interior, Devaney uncovered the shady dealings of disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Prior to that, he was chief of criminal enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he was responsible for heading up the agency's criminal investigations.

A former Massachusetts police officer, he graduated from F&M with a degree in government and later worked as a special agent for the Secret Service.

Devaney retired from the Secret Service in 1991 as leader of the agency's fraud division, after which he joined the EPA.

In 1998, he earned the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for his public service from President Bill Clinton.

Contact Paula Wolf at pwolf@lnpnews.com.

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