GAO finds Chad Wolf, Ken Cuccinelli are ineligible to serve in their top DHS roles

The Government Accountability Office — congress’ independent investigative arm — concluded that after the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in April 2019, an improper succession occurred, with Kevin McAleenan taking on the role. McAleenan then altered the order of succession for other officials to succeed him after his departure.

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“Because the incorrect official assumed the title of Acting Secretary at that time, subsequent amendments to the order of succession made by that official were invalid and officials who assumed their positions under such amendments, including Chad Wolf and Kenneth Cuccinelli, were named by reference to an invalid order of succession,” GAO’s general counsel Thomas Armstrong concluded.

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