Gerald Walpin, a former inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service whose tenure ended in controversy over an investigation of AmeriCorps grants, died Friday after being struck by a vehicle in a Manhattan crosswalk, writes The New York Times. He was 84.
Mr. Walpin, a New York lawyer described by his daughter as a staunch conservative, was appointed by President George W. Bush as watchdog for the agency that oversees the AmeriCorps volunteer program. He served from January 2007 to June 2009, when he was fired by President Obama.
Mr. Walpin alleged he was terminated for pursuing an inquiry into the use of $800,000 in AmeriCorps funds by a school headed by Kevin Johnson, the Democratic mayor of Sacramento. The White House said he was fired for poor job performance. His ouster incurred the wrath of Congressional Republicans, but a federal court rejected Mr. Walpin's claim of wrongful dismissal. A federal prosecutor found no criminal wrongdoing involving the school, which paid $424,000 to settle accusations over its use of grant money.