Two months ago, Paul Quander ended a six-year tenure as director of the federal agency overseeing parole and probation in Washington, D.C., after President Bush did not reappoint him to a second term. A White House spokesman offered no explanation for the action and said that Bush “wishes him well.”
Now, says the Washington Post, the White House has, again without explanation, renominated Quander, 53, as head of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency. The agency, created in 1997, has an annual budget of $135 million and oversees 15,000 people on parole and probation. The problem is that with the Senate tied up with the financial bailout legislation and about to adjourn for the year, it’s not clear when Quander’s nomination will be acted on. He has been off the payroll since the end of July. Insiders speculate that the nomination simply fell through the cracks at the White House.