DISGRACEFUL AND CRIMINAL!
Looking for that edge in the job search? For one division in the Justice Department, you just needed to be related to the right people.
A new report by the department's inspector general alleges that several career employees inside the Justice Management Division worked to hire their own friends and relatives into the department, in turn violating anti-nepotism rules, federal law and other standards.
The improper actions by senior officials of the division, including alleged violation of the federal nepotism statute, date back to the previous administration. At least 14 times since May 2008, the division hired or was pushed to hire personnel at the behest of a family member working in the division or as a result of family ties, the new report says.
In June 2010, for example, the son of a top-ranking division official joined the division after his mother told a human resources official her son couldn't find an internship. In another instance, two senior officials "simultaneously attempted" to get the other's child hired by the division.