Former Acting, Deputy DHS IG on Administrative Leave Following Release of Senate Report

Charles Edwards, the former deputy and acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general, has been placed on administrative leave following the release of a Senate subcommittee’s report.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee that conducted an investigation into Edwards found he “jeopardized the independence of the Office of Inspector General and that he abused agency resources,” while finding other charges against Edwards were not substantiated.

The Senate report found that Edwards had an “inadequate understanding of the importance of OIG independence,” and that he had maintained “frequent communications and personal friendships with senior DHS officials.” It also found he “did not obtain independent legal advice and directed reports to be altered or delayed to accommodate senior DHS officials.”

The subcommittee’s report on Edwards has been sent to the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), who is also conducting an investigation into his conduct.

Edwards had been nominated for the permanent DHS IG post, yet resigned that post prior to appearing before the subcommittee conducting the investigation, and was subsequently reassigned to a different DHS division. He was placed on administrative leave following the release of the Senate report.  

"An Office of Inspector General is intended to be beyond reproach," DHS Secretary Johnson said in a statement. "The problems in that office were allowed to persist for far too long."

John Roth, previously Director of the Office of Criminal Investigations at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2012, was confirmed as DHS inspector general in March of this year.

Tags: DHS, Department of Homeland Security, CIGIE, administrative leave, Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee

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