Update/Correction: We reported on Feb. 29, 2008 that Joseph Schmitz, the Pentagon’s former inspector general "resigned after accusations [he was] stonewalling investigations and a little too cozy with Pentagon and State contractor Blackwater." Schmitz has since told us that his resignation was unconnected to those accusations. He said he had notified Donald Rumsfeld of his intent to resign fully one year prior, more than six months before Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) launched a probe into whether Schmitz had blocked two criminal investigations in 2004. Schmitz left public office to become chief operating officer and general counsel of the Prince Group, the parent company of Blackwater.
Schmitz has provided The Washington Independent with an Oct. 23, 2006 letter from the chair of the Integrity Committee, reflecting that based on its review of the allegations concerning Mr. Schmitz’s service as inspector general of the Defense Department, it "concluded that [Mr. Schmitz] had not violated any law, rule or regulation, and that [he] had not engaged in gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, or abuse of authority in connection with any of the matters under review."