Biden Fires America’s Top Railroad Official

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( – On Friday, President Joe Biden reportedly informed Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) that he would be firing Martin Dickman, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) inspector general. 

Biden informed Johnson in a letter that this decision has come after the president was presented with the investigation findings launched in January 2023 by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency following the recent allegations against Dickman. According to the investigation Dickman had led to the creation of a toxic work environment and had resulted in abusive treatment. Dickman has been accused of using slurs, inappropriate language, and having belittled employees. 

Dickman has been serving as inspector general since 1994 when he was confirmed under the Clinton administration. He is now going to be placed on non-duty administrative leave status which will be effective immediately. His employment is going to be terminated on April 28. 

The source further noted that Biden is intending to appoint the Tennessee Valley Authority inspector general Ben R. Wagner as the acting inspector general of RRB. Wagner is going to maintain his other role while taking on these new responsibilities. 

The president is required to provide notification to Congress 30 days before the inspector general is removed under the Securing Inspector General Independence Act of 2022. The Biden administration has also noted that because of the toxic environment created by Dickman they needed to bring in independent leadership from outside RRB. This is why Wagner was chosen.

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