Still, he landed on his feet after he left government, returning to his alma mater, Wheeling Jesuit University, and becoming a vice president of the school in 2005 and in charge of the Sponsored Programs Office. So all worked out well.
A report this week says he’s leaving the school when his contract expires on June 30. His departure, his attorney, Stephen Jory, told the Associated Press, has nothing to do with a fraud investigation into how McAteer and the school handled millions of dollars in federal grants.
A NASA fraud investigator recently filed a search warrant affidavit in federal court saying there were indications that the school had fraudulently billed NASA for millions of dollars in expenses, citing, among other things, McAteer’s salary, which, the AP said, surged from $130,300 in 2006 to $230,659 in 2008.
“We are confident,” Jory e-mailed us Thursday, “after reviewing past audits and opinions of counsel, that there was no wrongdoing” by the school “or its Sponsored Programs Office in the use and administration of government funds.”
Defining solidarity up
Some alumni clubs of staffers for members of Congress function a bit like the Mafia — in that they like to keep things “in the family.”
This cycle, two former staffers to the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
(D-N.Y.) are running for Congress in New York: former representative Dan Maffei
and Rep. Kathy Hochul
. So a group of fellow Moynihan-ers — a notoriously tight-knit group — threw them a fundraiser Thursday night. And they held it at Aria restaurant, we hear, because it offers a view of Daniel Patrick Moynihan Place — a portion of Woodrow Wilson Plaza along the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
And in case that wasn’t enough Moynihanian atmosphere, his widow, Elizabeth, and daughter, Maura, were slated to attend.
Cement shoes optional.
With Emily Heil
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