A DOD inspector general’s report reviewing whether Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has shown favor toward his former employer Boeing is expected to be completed by the end of the week, according to a CNN report.
The investigation is examining if Shanahan violated his DOD ethics agreement by expressing preference for Boeing products in his Pentagon role.
In recent congressional hearings Shanahan has testified that he welcomes the investigation.
If the report clears Shanahan, President Donald Trump is likely to formally nominate him for Senate confirmation for Secretary of Defense, as ADC has reported.
While the investigation has played out, the White House has not indicated it is considering other candidates to become the defense secretary.
DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber Smith