President Joe Biden has come under growing pressure to fire the inspector general at a housing finance agency after a report revealed she led a toxic work environment and criticized her own colleagues.
Inspector General Laura Wertheimer remains in her position despite ongoing controversy.
The report noted, “IG Wertheimer has failed to meet the duties described by the IG Act. Her behavior certainly falls far short of your calls for unity, transparency, and integrity.”
It added, “To put it mildly, the only thing this watchdog appears to hunt is her own employees. She should be removed from office, in a manner consistent with applicable statutory notification requirements.”
Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin have asked Biden to intervene.
“CIGIE did their job. The buck stops at the President’s desk. I hope he will take action to remove and replace Ms. Wertheimer from her post soon, provided the White House follows the simple notice requirements provided in statute,” Grassley said in a statement.
The growing calls have not yet led to action. Biden has not signaled whether he will follow through with removing Wertheimer from her position.
Despite the strong evidence opposing her continued leadership, Wertheimer remains for now. As she does, the department continues its controversy, offering yet another concern among many in the Biden administration’s early months.