Charles Edwards, the embattled acting inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, has resigned, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. (Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)
Charles Edwards, the embattled acting inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, has resigned, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Carlton Mann, chief operating officer for the IG’s office, has taken Edwards’ place, the spokesman, Bill Hillburg, said in a phone interview.
Hillburg declined comment on the reason for Edwards’ resignation, effective Tuesday, or to say whether he is working elsewhere within the government. But the career federal employee has been under investigation for months by a Senate oversight subcommittee looking into allegations that he changed report findings in response to outside pressure, engaged in nepotism and other issues.
Edwards had been scheduled to testify at a Thursday hearing by the panel, which is part of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. A spokesman for the subcommitee’s chairwoman, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., did not return phone calls, but the hearing has been canceled, according to a notice posted Tuesday afternon on the committee’s website.
Last month, both McCaskill and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, called on Edwards to step down. Edwards, who has declined interview requests, said in a statement this summer that he was confident the allegations against him would be found to be “completely without merit.”
Edwards’ resignation was first reported by The Washington Post. Last month, President Obama named John Roth, a former Justice Department official, to become the permanent inspector general for DHS, but the Senate is unlikely to act on the nomination before next month at the earliest.