Aeronautical Repair Station Association Executive Director Sarah MacLeod released the following statement in response to the Jan. 10 retirement announcement by U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel, III, which indicated the outgoing IG will focus on his family and his beginning battle with prostate cancer. Scovel has served as the department’s chief internal auditor and investigator since 2006, making him the longest tenured IG in the DOT’s history. A review of his career path and the accolades and achievements along the way reveal that the ability to negotiate the hot winds of the executive, legislative and media for thirteen years was based upon hard work, knowledge and fairness.

During Scovel’s tenure, ARSA enjoyed a professional and productive relationship with the IG’s office. The association regularly provided insight, resources and industry connections for the office’s research teams and included its personnel in annual events. Most recently, Scovel provided the keynote address at ARSA’s 2018 Annual Conference.

“Calvin Scovel – ‘call me Cal’ – and I enjoy the same sense of humor, which is often based upon the irony associated with his office auditing another government agency. ARSA was always welcome in his office where constructive criticism was not dismissed out-of-hand. Although the association and government will miss his wise and steady counsel, he has certainly earned time with his family, which will create a more conducive climate for healing.”

To acknowledge his departure, ARSA looks back to Scovel’s “friendly visit” to its Annual Conference in 2018. The event was recounted for the members on newsletter the hotline by Kevin George, who demonstrates his boss’ personal touch with each familiar reference to “Cal’s” work.

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