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Tuesday federal headlines - June 11, 2013
Tuesday - 6/11/2013, 7:53am EDT
- The Securities and Exchange Commission says it settled a dispute with
whistleblower David Weber to the tune of $580,000. It also dropped a counter-
lawsuit against Weber, a former assistant inspector general. GovExec reports, Weber has been
re-instated, and all negative references in his personnel file have been deleted.
In 2012, Weber testified to Congress about possible espionage by foreign
nationals. He wanted to carry a handgun to work. The agency accused him of being a
physical threat, and he was terminated. He sued the agency for $40 million.
- B. Todd Jones will press his case for director
of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives before senators today.
Some say President Obama's pick is a long shot. The Senate has not confirmed an
ATF director for six years. Jones will be just the second nominee to face
congressional questioning since the Senate was given the authority to confirm
bureau chiefs back in 2006. Jones ran ATF temporarily in 2011, after a botched
gun-tracking program led to the death of a Border Patrol agent. He also served as
U.S. attorney in Minnesota. The Office of Special Counsel is investigating
allegations of whistleblower retaliation dating to that time. (Federal News
- The website that is supposed to track agencies' performance on key missions is
having an identity crisis of sorts. The Government Accountability Office says the
White House has yet to clarify what Performance.gov is supposed to do or what audience it is meant for. For
example, are agencies supposed to refer to the website to coordinate their
strategies? Or is the site for the public? The Office of Management and Budget
says the site is becoming more public-facing and citizen-centric. (Federal News
- At least a dozen children or other relatives of Energy Department officials have received summer jobs at the
department. Inspector General Gregory Friedman says the jobs are an apparent violation of federal nepotism rules.
Friedman says one senior official called a dozen colleagues, looking to place his
three college-aged children in jobs. Two got them, in the official's own section.
Friedman didn't name the employee, but he or she works in the Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy. An employee in Friedman's own IG office also
secured a summer job for a child. Friedman says that employee has been
reprimanded. (Energy/Federal News Radio)
- George Washington University honored 13 feds for career achievements last
night. GW hands out the Arthur S Flemming awards to current federal employees with
between three and 15 years of service. The winners included top scientists, three
Justice Department attorneys and an intelligence expert on disruptive events. Dr.
David Bray started off as a bioterrorism expert at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. He then left to pursue a Ph.D. He volunteered to go to Afghanistan
to help military generals think differently about strategy. He now works for the
Office of the Director of National Intelligence. (George Washington University)
- The State Department may be trying to sweep misconduct under the rug. CBS News says it has uncovered an inspector general's memo. The document details investigations by the agency's Diplomatic Security Service that were either manipulated or called off. Among the eight cases were allegations that an official in Beirut engaged in sexual assault and that former Secretary Hillary Clinton's security detail engaged prostitutes while on official trips abroad. The State Department says it investigates misconduct thoroughly. It has requested another review on top of the IG's report. (CBS News)