WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday that it will comply with the Merit Systems Protection Board's order and fire Charles O. Starrett Jr. as director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency.
The announcement was made a day after the board said that Starrett should be fired and two subordinates demoted for attempting to punish whistle-blower George B. Spanton.
The board, which handles civil service complaints, said an attempt to force Spanton to transfer from West Palm Beach, Fla., to the West Coast in 1983 was an effort to punish him for talking to reporters and federal investigators outside the agency.
Took Complaints Public
Spanton was the agency's resident auditor at Pratt & Whitney's Government Products Division, a subsidiary of the Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp. He produced several audits critical of the jet engine manufacturer, accusing it of excessive price increases, then went public after concluding that his findings were being ignored.