It's official: embattled State Department Inspector General Howard "Cookie" Krongard will finally testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday.
Krongard, for the uninitiated, is the IG voted most likely to... not investigate waste, fraud and abuse. In September, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), the oversight committee chairman, accused
him of scuttling investigations into corruption in State activities and contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Matters got worse
when Krongard's subordinates told Waxman that his aides threatened retaliation against them for going public. Condoleezza Rice promised that Krongard would answer
the charges. The FBI got involved
. It's a whole to-do.
at 10 a.m., Krongard will get a chance to explain himself. As of last week, the hearing focused primarily on the whistleblower-protection question. Aides to the committee said last week that there were no preconditions to Krongard's testimony, and lo and behold, the title of the current hearing is now the broad-brush "Assessing the State Department Inspector General."
Can't wait for Wednesday? Check out the Mighty Justin Rood's newest piece
on the State Department's allergy to accountability in Iraq and Afghanistan.