More on ATF director resignation
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting on a few scandals that may have prompted the BATFE director to resign. As I noted earlier, the resignation was not at a time a bureaucrat would voluntarily choose (just before he got in his "high three" years of salary on which his pension is calculated).
"A report on ATF is expected soon from Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine, whose office has been investigating allegations that Truscott put through or proposed hundreds of thousands of dollars of unnecessary plan changes and upgrades to ATF's new 438,000-square-foot headquarters. The building, under construction in northeastern Washington, is at least $19 million over budget.
Sources familiar with the project told the Washington Post this year that Truscott planned to buy, among other things, nearly $300,000 in extras for the new director's suite, including a $65,000 conference table and more than $100,000 for hardwood floors, custom trim and other items. These sources described Truscott as overly focused on the building's luxurious details, from soap dishes to tile colors and said he wasted valuable time with innumerable project meetings and field trips to the site....
Justice investigators also questioned ATF employees about a costly trip that Truscott and others took to London last year and about allegations that ATF staff members helped assemble a school video report for a young relative of Truscott's, according to officials interviewed in the inquiry and who declined to be identified for fear of retaliation."
(Hat tip to Prof. Joe Olson).