Congressman seeks answers on Spires
The questions about the continued absence of DHS CIO Richard Spires are now starting to come from Capitol Hill.
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#1 Apr 26, 2013
The fact that a respected Representative would take the time and effort to publicly chastise a high ranking Cabinet-level Secretary only adds fuel to the speculation. Instead of firing off a letter for public dissemination, why didn't one of the Member's senior staff simply pick up the phone and call the Secretary?
The press has conistently reported that this a "personnel matter" which explains why there has been a repeated retorts from DHS that "We don't commment on personnel matters." With such matters, the accused has privacy rights and generally, the matter is reviewed by an independent party and a recommendation made to the organization's senior official. Until that review is completed, the pundits can only speculate based on rumors and inuendo about what's going on. And given the wide range of rumors floating around, it's best to be patient and let the official process unfold.
Another question raised is whether the White House was consulted on Mr. Spires' leave situation. One can bet a month of lunches that because Mr. Spires is an appointee, the action was cleared by the White House Political Personnel Office. I suspect they too are letting the investigative process play out.
So, my advice is for everyone to just "chill-out" and not draw inflammatory conclusions on facts that have yet to be revealed.
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