It's not "explosive" or a "bombshell" that Obama administration Justice Dept. officials knowingly broke federal law?
May 17, 2017, "Obama’s Justice Department refused to hire military veterans for jobs: probe," Stephen Dinan, Washington Times
"The Obama Justice Department discriminated against military veterans, trying to force them to
withdraw their applications for two job postings — then canceling the
postings altogether and rewriting the jobs to prevent the veterans from
qualifying, a government watchdog said Wednesday.
federal law, veterans should have gotten preferential consideration for
the two positions in the International Criminal Investigative Training
But Justice officials had their
eye on non-veterans, and scheduled meetings off-site to try to force the
veteran candidates to withdraw their applications, the U.S. Office of
Special Counsel said.
The veterans refused to withdraw and human resources told the ICITAP hiring officials that they had to hire the veterans. Intent
on avoiding that, the ICITAP then canceled the initial job-postings and
re-listed the jobs a year later, in 2016, with new qualifications that
excluded the veterans, the OSC’s investigative report said.
The OSC said it was illegal to try to force the veterans to pull out of the job search.
“OSC found hiring violations for two positions at DOJ where
officials sought to encourage preference eligible veterans to withdraw
their applications,” the watchdog agency said. “DOJ wanted to hire a
non-veteran candidate. When the veterans declined to withdraw, DOJ
selected the non-veteran candidate, despite rules mandating that
veterans receive priority in hiring over non-veterans in certain
The ICITAP officials told
investigators they didn’t try to pressure the veterans, but instead
explained why they should withdraw.
OSC investigators said even if that was what happened, it still violated the law.
The re-listing of the jobs was also sketchy, but not a clear violation of the law, the OSC said.
The OSC demanded officials be disciplined for the lapses,
and recommended new training for Justice Department staff to be aware
of their obligations. The agency said the department accepted the
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Not a 'bombshell?' US Office of Special Counsel finds Obama admin. Justice Dept. officials broke federal law and must be disciplined. Obama Justice officials went to elaborate lengths in refusing to hire military veterans for jobs specifically mandated for veteran priority-Washington Times, May 17, 2017
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