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Nation in Brief / WASHINGTON, D.C.

State official's brother resigns

November 17, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

The brother of State Department Inspector General Howard J. Krongard quit as an advisor to Blackwater USA, two days after the relationship with the security contractor was sharply criticized by a congressional oversight committee.

Erik Prince, Blackwater's top executive, said the conflict-of-interest questions raised by the connection prompted Alvin B. Krongard to submit his resignation. It was unclear whether the move would salvage Howard Krongard's damaged credibility and career, however. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee plans to meet in December to determine if Krongard testified truthfully about his brother.

Blackwater is a major State Department contractor and the subject of ongoing federal investigations.

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