July 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The official in charge of investigating potential misdeeds at the Department of Homeland Security is under investigation on allegations of nepotism, abusing his position and covering up details about a Secret Service prostitution scandal. Senate investigators are looking into allegations that Deputy Inspector Gen. Charles K. Edwards was "susceptible to political pressure" and that he changed and withheld information for reports on the misconduct of U.S. Secret Service agents who hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, during a visit before a 2012 presidential trip, according to a letter two senators sent to Edwards on June 27. "Numerous" complaints from fellow employees allege that Edwards improperly employed his wife, Madhuri Edwards, as a supervisory auditor in his office, that he arranged for her to telecommute from India for seven months, and that he took "retaliatory action" against people who objected, according to the letter from Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who chairs the oversight subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the subcommittee's top Republican, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
February 2, 2013 |
Hunter will be Houston's problem Hit the parties, pretend to play defense and decide the fate of the longtime chief of their labor union. The agenda for All-Star weekend received a somber addendum this week for members of the NBA players' union who will participate in their league's midseason showcase Feb. 17 in Houston. The union must determine whether to fire Billy Hunter after the head of the organization was placed on indefinite paid leave after a scathing report that disclosed dubious business practices and nepotism.
July 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Eight senior Justice Department administrative employees should be disciplined for seeking jobs there for their children and other relatives, and officials need to tighten their employment guidelines after three nepotism incidents in recent years, the inspector general said Thursday. In the latest cases, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz's report said that within certain departments a culture of "nepotism, ethical lapses and misleading statements was the result of bad behavior by individuals insufficiently impressed with the principles of fair and open" hiring competition.
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February 21, 2012 |
There was no shortage of candidates to serve as traffic and planning commissioners in Garden Grove last March. More than 40 residents with university degrees and backgrounds in real estate, construction and traffic engineering applied for the 12 positions. Despite the number of volunteers and a city policy designed to limit nepotism, two people with family ties to the council — the son of the mayor and the husband of a councilwoman — were given seats. In May, Mayor William Dalton and the four council members arbitrarily named a planning commissioner to fill a vacant council seat, appearing to go against a voter-mandated advisory policy on how vacancies are to be filled.
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May 16, 2011 |
Burbank officials are considering an anti-nepotism policy that would prohibit family members of City Council members and the city manager from being hired. The draft policy, which is being fine-tuned by the Burbank Civil Service Board, could also extend to department chiefs, although that provision has yet to find consensus. Commissioners plan to send the draft policy to the City Council this summer. The board's chairman, Nathan Schlossman, said there are familial employee relationships within every city department.
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August 13, 2010 |
Discontented Compton residents announced Thursday that they have launched a recall campaign against their mayor and several other elected officials, citing allegations of misappropriation of public funds, nepotism and voter deception. Activists said Mayor Eric J. Perrodin, Councilwoman Lillie Dobson, City Atty. Craig J. Cornwell and City Clerk Alita Godwin have been served notices of intent to circulate a recall petition. "We have been watching and telling people what's going on," said Joyce Kelly, a recall organizer.