Pentagon Reassigns Lewis Aide:


The Pentagon is recalling an aide to Appropriations chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) who was working in apparent violation of House and Department of Defense rules. Lt. Col. Carl Kime worked on Lewis’ staff in an important legislative function, where he had “oversight on requests for earmarked funds in the defense appropriations bill,” while remaining on the payroll of the Defense Department. According to The Hill newspaper, Kime’s “service for Lewis appeared to violate the Members’ Congressional Handbook issued by the Committee for House Administration, which defines a detailee as a ‘non-congressional federal employee assigned to a committee for a period of up to one year.’ The handbook also states that “detailees may not be assigned to a member office” and cites the relevant section of U.S. law: 2 USC Section 72a(f).”