WASHINGTON – The Justice Department’s inspector general said Thursday that eight high-ranking employees in the department’s management division improperly promoted the hiring of relatives for summer or full-time work or assisted others in doing so.
Seven of the employees violated federal law restricting employment of relatives and the eighth violated a federal ethics standard, the inspector general concluded. A ninth, the highest-ranking person mentioned in the IG’s report, was criticized for failing to respond to indicators that her subordinates may have violated anti-nepotism laws.
The IG’s report is the third investigation of improper hiring practices in the division. The inspector general criticized two previous directors of the Facilities and Administrative Services Staff in 2004 and again in 2008 for manipulating the competitive hiring process to favor particular candidates.
The investigation began after Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., reported that the children of three senior Justice Management Division officials had been hired illegally. The probe led to uncovering additional instances of nepotism.
In the new report, the IG found that an assistant director for human resources and the director of the Facilities and Administrative Services Staff engaged in nepotism by hiring each other’s children.