Phil Pagano, former Executive Director of the Metra commuter rail service since 1990, is being investigated for misusing federal funds. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin revealed he asked Calvin L. Scovel III, inspector general of the U.S. Transportation Department, to investigate whether federal funds were misused. He has since committed suicide. Due to recent scandal, the firm Hillard Heintze has been appointed to act as the inspector general of the Metra. The role needed to be filled because of the executive director.A week later, the firm was asked to fill the role of inspector general until Metra finds a permanent on-staff member, with their assistance.