U.S. DOT inspector general resigns

| Tuesday, January 31, 2006

U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General Kenneth M. Mead announced his resignation Jan. 23, as Inspector General effective Feb.11, 2006.

The announcement was made in a letter to President Bush. Deputy Inspector General Todd J. Zinser will serve as Acting Inspector General until a successor is appointed.

“Taxpayers are losing a fierce ally with the resignation of my good friend and respected colleague, Inspector General Ken Mead,” said U.S. DOT Secretary Norman Y. Mineta in a written statement following the announcement of Mead’s resignation.

“Ken has been a tireless advocate for setting the highest possible standards of integrity, accountability and performance. Thanks to his efforts, we are all better at the work we do making the nation’s transportation system as safe and efficient as possible. He will be remembered for his contributions and distinguished public service.”

In his letter to the president, Mead reflected positively on not only the impact of the Office of Inspector General on the traveling public and taxpayers, but the commitment of the department’s staff to its mission.

“Each day I reflect on what a privilege it is to be a part of the achievements of the very capable and dedicated Inspector General staff. This staff has a steady moral compass, and I will always remember this as a model in my future endeavors,” Mead wrote in his letter of resignation.

“They are determined in their pursuit of safer, more secure and efficient transportation programs and zealous in protecting the taxpayers’ interests in preventing fraud, waste, or abuse and in attacking it when it occurs.”

Mead, who has been inspector general since 1997, did not indicate what his future plans are in his letter of resignation to the president.

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