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IG to review â€˜specialâ€™ program that let Clinton aide Huma Abedin have 2 jobs
Published April 10, 2015FoxNews.com
Sept. 20, 2011: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin,
during the Open Government Partnership event in New York. (Reuters)
The State Department inspector general plans to review a controversial program that allowed a longtime Hillary Clinton aide to work for a private firm at the same time she was working for the former secretary of state.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who originally sought a probe of Huma Abedinâ€™s job status citing conflict of interest concerns, revealed the development on Friday â€“ releasing a letter from Inspector General Steve Linick confirming the review.
Grassleyâ€™s questions centered on how Abedin was allowed to work as a top assistant to then-Secretary of State Clinton under a special, part-time status while also being employed at a politically connected consulting firm.
She was able to do so under a status known as â€œSpecial Government Employee.â€
Linick said in his letter that his office â€œintends to examine the Departmentâ€™s SGE program to determine if it conforms to applicable legal and policy requirements, including whether or not the program, as implemented, includes safeguards against conflicts of interest.â€
The decision comes as the IG also looks at department email practices, following the revelation that Clinton exclusively used personal email, on a private server, while secretary of state. That controversy prompted Grassley, last month, to revive his long-running concerns about Abedin â€“ questioning whether her emails would even be accessible to those looking into her records, as she reportedly was on Clintonâ€™s server.
Grassley hailed the IGâ€™s decision to start looking into the SGE program.
â€œThis program is meant to be used in a limited way to give the government special expertise it canâ€™t get otherwise,â€ Grassley said in a statement on Friday. â€œAn inspector general review is necessary. Available information suggests that in at least one case, the State Department gave the special status for employee convenience, not public benefit.â€
Abedin is married to former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned after a sexting scandal.
Grassleyâ€™s inquiries on the SGE status started in 2013, when he requested all communications between Abedin, after she switched from a full-time deputy chief of staff for Clinton to a part-timer, then started working for Teneo, a consulting firm that says it â€œbrings together the disciplines of government and public affairs.â€
â€œA number of conflict-of-interest concerns arise when a government employee is simultaneously being paid by a private company,â€
Grassley said in a March 19 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that also raised concerns about Abedin and other department employees appearing to have been â€œimproperly categorizedâ€ as SGEs.
Grassley said at the time the departmentâ€™s answers so far were â€œlargely unresponsiveâ€ and pointed to a November 2014 response that in part states â€œan individual may receive an SGE designation if he or she is joining the department from the private sector or is coming from another government position.â€
However, Abedin came neither from the private sector nor another government position, Grassley argued.
Grassley also said the purpose of the SGE program is to help the government get temporary services from people with special knowledge and skills whose principal employment is outside the government.
A July 2013 letter from the department to Grassley said Abedin worked full-time from January 2009 to June 2012.
The State Department says Abedin was then an SGE until February 2013, essentially doing the same job that she did as a full-time employee, advising on Clintonâ€™s schedule and travel. It also states she reviewed department ethics guidelines but was allowed to work part-time without a new security clearance.