WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz said he would protect the confidentiality of employee records as the institution's board investigated the promotion of a staffer he is romantically involved with.
Wolfowitz told the bank's staff in an e-mail on Monday that he would ensure the board has access to the facts in the case "in a manner that also respects the bank's rules concerning the right of every staff member to the confidentiality of his or her records."
A copy of the letter was obtained by Reuters.
The board, made up of representatives of the bank's 185 member countries, on Friday called for a probe into whether the promotion of the female staffer, Shaha Riza, possibly violated the bank's staff rules.
The bank's staff association last week questioned Riza's promotion. She had been given an external bank assignment to the U.S. State Department in September 2005, when her involvement with Wolfowitz was made public.
Both are divorced. Riza worked at the bank for eight years and was a senior communications advisor in its Middle East Department when she was transferred to the State Department and remained on the bank's payroll.
Wolfowitz took up his position in mid-2005 after serving as U.S. deputy defense secretary, where he was a leading architect of the Iraq War.
The bank's staff association said that before Riza's assignment at the State Department, she was promoted to a senior position which would normally be "competitive, vetted and approved by the relevant sector board."
It also said [b]she was given a pay raise that was more than double the amount allowed under staff rules.[/b]
Wolfowitz said in the letter, in which he pledged cooperation with the probe, that he had sought the board's advice regarding Riza soon after he arrived at the bank.
He was advised by the board's ethics committee that Riza's presence presented a conflict of interest and she should be transferred to a job outside the bank.
"I subsequently acted on the advice of the board's ethics committee to work out an agreement that balanced the interest of the institution and the rights of the staff member in an exceptional and unprecedented situation," Wolfowitz said.
He said he accepted "full responsibility for the actions taken in this case" and said he had always acted to uphold bank rules on employee rights and treatment.
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What does this article have to do with the war? Nothing. So where do you get off saying something like this to me? Do you know what my stance is on the war? No, you don't.
If you would like to know, just ask me instead of trying to make ridiculous assumptions.
Also, I fail to see how this is corruption? He followed the advice of the BOD. Ok, so the raise was "out of scale" as defined by the policy. He didn't appear to hide anything, cover up anything nor has he failed to accept responsibility for the promotion/reassignment and associated raise. He pledged both internally and publicly to cooperate with the "probe."
[QUOTE=JetFanTransplant]What does this article have to do with the war? Nothing. So where do you get off saying something like this to me? Do you know what my stance is on the war? No, you don't.
You are right. The article has nothing to do with the war.
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