(ConservativeInsider.org) – Nearly every business, organization, and government has its weaknesses that are often brought to light when employees speak out. It turns out that for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the bad apple was at the top.
On Tuesday, June 29, the inspector general for the FHFA Laura Wertheimer announced her resignation. This came after a recent government watchdog report revealed that she retaliated against employees and created a toxic work environment. The April 14 report highlighted that Wertheimer and some colleagues “abused their authority” and “engaged in conduct that undermines the integrity reasonably expected of an IG.”
Washington Post reporter Rachel Leah Siegel shared more about Wertheimer’s resignation:
Breaking news: Laura Wertheimer, the inspector general overseeing FHFA, is resigning, effective July 31. Wertheimer had been the focus of a scathing watchdog report that left people asking why the Biden administration did not fire her after the leadership shakeup at FHFA last wk
— Rachel Leah Siegel (@rachsieg) June 29, 2021
Her departure is closely following that of FHFA Director Mark Calabria, who President Joe Biden fired last week. Now, Biden will need to fill both positions with nominees.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voiced their support for the Inspector General’s departure, many noting that it took far too long to uncover the misconduct and recommend disciplinary action.
This story begs the question — if it took multiple years for the government to investigate and uncover this toxicity, what other standards is it ailing to monitor in other official capacities?
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