Statement of Congressman DeSaulnier on the Retirement of DEA Chief

April 22, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Over the past few months the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has held hearings on key agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), regarding failings that begin at the top. The investigations have revealed ineffective leadership that threatens the credibility of these agencies to carry out their important mission. 

“Today’s news that the DEA Chief will retire comes on the heels of the resignation of the Chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. Those who serve in positions of authority have an obligation to uphold the highest standards of leadership and accountability. These departures are evidence of successful bi-partisan efforts to restore accountability in key agencies meant to serve and protect the public. Misconduct by management and waste in government agencies has been a recurring theme in recent committee hearings, and I am committed to continuing to do what is necessary to restore the public’s trust in government oversight,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11).