State Department Inspector General (OIG) officials were notified of Akard’s decision in an email Wednesday morning from a senior department official, a source familiar with the departure said.
It is not clear why Acard resigned. An email from Akard’s deputy, Diana Shaw, said she would return to Indiana.
Acard, an ally of Vice President Mike Pence, has been chosen to replace Steve Linick, who was fired late Friday night in May. He worked for the then Indiana Pence government as head of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. His ties to Pence and the fact that he maintained his role as head of the State Department’s Foreign Missions Office when he went to head the State IG’s cabinet ranked diplomats who see him as part of the State Department’s politicization.
The State Department and the State OIG are in final talks to publish their report in Pompeo, declaring a state of emergency last year that allowed the administration to track $ 8 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over their war in Yemen over congressional objections, the source said.
The State Department and the OIG State Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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