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General Steve A. Linick

Wrong General Steve A. Linick?


Phone: (202) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: l***@***.gov
the State Department
2201 C Street
Washington D.C. , District of Columbia 10520
United States

Company Description: The State Department maintains passport records for about 127 million Americans.

Employment History

  • Position, the State Department
    the State Department
  • Inspector
    Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Head of the OIG Office
    Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • United States Attorney
    District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein
  • Inspector
  • Executive Director
    National Procurement Fraud Task Force
  • Chief
    National Procurement Fraud Task Force
  • Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section, Criminal Division
    Department of Justice
  • Director, National Procurement Fraud Task Force
    Department of Justice

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • J.D.
    Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A.
    Georgetown University
  • M.A.
    Georgetown University
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Such problems "could be exploited to ..., 18 Dec 2014 [cached]
Such problems "could be exploited to compromise the safety of post personnel and property," said a review that was part of seven audits conducted by the office of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.
Photo - Greg Starr, Assistant Secretary ..., 10 Dec 2014 [cached]
Photo - Greg Starr, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, left, and Steve Linick, State Department Inspector General wait on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, for the start of a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing to review efforts to secure U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and personnel. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Steve Linick, a soft-spoken ..., 1 Nov 2014 [cached]
Steve Linick, a soft-spoken former prosecutor, calmly detailed how the department had yet to fully implement a number of security recommendations made in the aftermath of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. In some cases, Linick said, the changes proposed mimicked ones that had already been suggested after the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, which killed 12 Americans and 32 Kenyans working for the State Department there. The State Department failed to implement the changes then, and in some cases, has failed to implement them again since Benghazi. Among the issues left unaddressed: The department's lack of any formalized method of deciding when to place Marine security personnel at some high-risk outposts and when to leave the facilities without American troops.
"They simply just didn't have the processes and procedures that one would normally think you would have," Linick told the committee.
The straight talk was nothing new from Linick, who has surprised many inside and outside the State Department by his willingness to publicly bash the department for lapses ranging from Benghazi to its mismanagement of millions of dollars of U.S. reconstruction money in Iraq and Afghanistan. Linick is also an unusually active inspector general: His office has issued dozens of reports this year, including seven audits in the month of December alone.
John Sopko, the congressionally created watchdog for Afghan reconstruction, called Linick "a breath of fresh air" for the department.
"Steve brings that view that he is supposed to be independent and he's supposed to speak truth to power," Sopko said.
And the high tempo is no accident: Linick is in a literal sense making up for lost time. When he took his post in late 2013, the inspector general position had been vacant for an eye-opening five and a half years, leaving the department without an independent and Senate-confirmed watchdog during a period marred by some of the worst miscues in the State Department's recent history.
As Linick put it in a recent interview with FP, "That's a lot of real estate and people to protect."
Linick did not have prior experience at the State Department when he took the job in September 2013, but he was no stranger to the difficult and politically challenging task of telling a federal agency to shape up. Those recommendations can spark pushback from entrenched bureaucracies resistant to change and scrutiny among lawmakers eager to see quick action.
A father of two, Linick graduated from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in philosophy before moving to Burkina Faso, where he worked in international development for eight months before returning to Georgetown for a law degree. He kicked off his law career as a district attorney in Philadelphia before spending 16 years in various roles fighting fraud and white-collar crime at the Justice Department. In 2010, right in the middle of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, he was tapped as the Housing and Finance Agency's first-ever inspector general. The agency was created in 2008 to oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which had combined assets of over $5 trillion.
Starting an agency from scratch was challenging - Linick didn't even have an office phone when he first got started - but in his three years at HFA he hired 150 people, issued more than 50 reports, and launched a management alert system to inform the public about mismanagement at the agency. His public recommendations put pressure on the agency and drastically lowered CEOs' salaries at both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and in 2012 returned them both to profitability for the first time since 2008.
So when he got to State in September 2013, he identified what he considered to be the department's most serious shortcomings - a dangerously weak cybersecurity program, $6 billion in contract files that couldn't be accounted for, and $1.2 billion in grants at risk of being mismanaged in outposts across the globe - and tried to address them by releasing public management alerts like he had at HFA.
"After looking at our reports over the years, I noticed that we are making the same findings, particularly about deficiencies in IT and contract and grant management, year after year," Linick told FP.
And as American troops continue to withdraw, Linick said, the State Department's need to oversee private sector contractors is only going to increase.
In March 2014, on his first trip as inspector general, Linick visited Afghanistan, where the State Department and USAID have spent $9.7 billion on reconstruction since 2002.
In October, Linick reviewed eight internal investigations of the State Department's Diplomatic Security branch conducted by Geisel in 2012 and found three, including the early halt of the investigation into the prostitution charges, to have been wrongly influenced by senior State officials.
Linick flagged instances where months passed between reported incidents and the department's response, and claims by agents attempting to investigate an incident of sexual misconduct by another ambassador that they faced resistance from senior officials.
Although Linick's office made recommendations for safeguards to prevent undue favoritism and ensure all cases of misconduct are treated equally, State has not yet provided OIG with proof those protocols were implemented.
When Linick testified before Congress in mid-December about the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including then-Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, he credited State with implementing 24 of the 28 main security recommendations made after the attack. But he said two of the remaining ones - the lack of a clear plan for when to deploy Marines and improper vetting and oversight of locally hired guards - posed particular dangers.
"One bad actor with the right position and access can seriously endanger the safety and security of personnel overseas," he told lawmakers.
Linick is also coordinating closely with inspectors general from the Defense Department and USAID to manage the oversight of spending on counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Syria, where the growing threat of the Islamic State has the American government on high alert.
And it was at Kerry's request, the official said, that his undersecretaries meet with Linick each week, "even as we recognize that a good IG is an independent, pull no punches pair of eyes on every action we take and every dollar we spend."
But even if Kerry did request an IG in 2012, it took another year for President Obama to name Linick as a candidate and appoint him to the job.
With Linick already facing a mountain of challenges in getting the State Department to agree to recommendations on grant management and embassy security, adding another layer to his growing responsibilities could be a risk to his ability to oversee existing programs.
And by having Rymer and Linick join forces on a new anti-IS operation, it seems like the U.S. government is stretching already thin resources even thinner as its watchdogs balance thousands of projects across the globe.
Loan Modification Scam Busted in Rancho Cucamonga, 3 April 2014 [cached]
Steve Linick, the Federal Housing Finance Agency Inspector General, stated: The government created programs intended to assist homeowners by allowing them to remain in their homes during these troubling financial times.
Steve Linick, head of the ..., 5 Nov 2012 [cached]
Steve Linick, head of the FHFA's OIG office, says the article overstates the case. Boyd wrote:
If you conveniently left off the fact that you have an outstanding mortgage you failed to pay, or that you have a deficiency judgment against you for the difference between what you owe and what the house sold for at foreclosure, you've committed mortgage fraud.
In a September 25 op-ed in DS News (an online trade publication on default servicing) titled "Placing Our Mission in Perspective," Linick writes it is "not the case" that his office "is going to 'lock up' anyone who strategically defaults on their mortgage. "My office is not 'on the prowl for people who owe [Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac] money.' We are, however, committed to combating mortgage fraud and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of FHFA's programs and operations."
To that end, he says, his office is auditing FHFA's oversight of how Fannie and Freddie recovers losses from foreclosure sales, and looking at how the companies handle strategic defaulters is part of that. What will come out of that effort will be recommendations for improving oversight of the two companies and how they recover funds. "This constitutes the extent of our current work on strategic defaulters," he explains.
Hopefully this piece will help reinforce Mr. Linick's op-ed and provide more clarity on the issue.
An excellent article from the New York Times titled How a Financial Pro Lost His House is worth a read, he walks us through his decision to strategically default and the consequences from that.
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