Grassley questions Huma Abedin’s employment status with State Dept

Long before the latest round of news about Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa had been questioning why Abebin — an aide to former U.S. Secretary of State — was allowed to move from the ranks of full-time employees in the state department to being something called a “special government employee.”

Grassley. via his staff, released a memorandum late today:

To:          Reporters and Editors
Re:         State Department, “Special Government Employees”
Da:         Thursday, July 25, 2013

Last month, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa wrote to the State Department and Ms. Huma Abedin about her tenure at the State Department as a “Special Government Employee.”  He received responses from the State Department and Ms. Abedin and made the following comment on the responses.

“The State Department says the federal government uses Special Government Employees ‘to provide services and expertise the executive agencies require.’  The purpose of my inquiry is to shed light on whether the program is being used as intended, not just by Ms. Abedin, but more broadly, as well.  The State Department and Ms. Abedin should be willing to show the documents involved in administering the program to demonstrate good stewardship of tax dollars and the public interest.  So far, the State Department and Ms. Abedin haven’t provided a single document that I requested. Putting up a stone wall raises a lot more questions about how the program is being used than it answers.  I intend to pursue more complete answers to my questions.”

Grassley’s letters to the State Department and Ms. Abedin are available here and here.  The State Department and Ms. Abedin’s responses are available here.

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