Watchdog Slams Justice Dept. 'Nepotism'

Single division cited 3 times in 8 years: inspector general
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2012 2:15 PM CDT
A division of the Justice department has been hiring based on nepotism, says the department's Inspector General.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Workers at a division of the Justice department have been hiring based on nepotism, the department's inspector general says. In a new report, eight employees—career workers, not political appointees—are cited for seeking jobs for their kids and other relatives, according to NPR. The Justice Management Division, the inspector says, has now been cited for such practices three times in eight years.

The report points to one worker's "sustained campaign to secure employment for her daughter," who was eventually hired by the department's facilities unit; in another case, a director sought a job for his live-in son who, after getting a post, moved out with his wife and kids. Some of the cited employees have now retired and thus can't face discipline—but Sen. Chuck Grassley is calling on Justice honchos to address the issue. "The department can't just sweep this under the rug," he says. The department is pledging immediate action. (Read more US Justice Department stories.)

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