Taken for a ride

Once again, the American people are being taken for a ride by their betters in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post reported a few weeks back that the “Office of Compliance has paid more than $17 million for 264 settlements and awards to federal employees for violations of various employment rules” since 1997. Those violations nclude sexual harassment.

Who received the payouts remains a mystery, except for one or two instances revealed recently. The circumstances surrounding the payouts remains a mystery. Why the process, set up in 1995, is confidential also is remains mystery. And the Office of Compliance. It is saying nothing. Taxpayers’ money apparently is being used to shush reports of bad behavior.

The New York Times reported a bipartisan House group of lawmakers is pushing legislation that would require claims be handled publicly. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, is offering similar legislation.

“It was a system set up in 1995 to protect the harasser,” Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat and a member of the House group seeking change, told the ABC program “This Week,” adding, “We say zero tolerance, but I don’t believe that we put our money where our mouths are.”

We hope the members of Congress pushing for change are successful. It is nothing less than distressing to see taxpayers’ money squandered because of officials’ misbehavior that then is kept secret.

 

 

3 Responses to Taken for a ride

  1. Observer December 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    It may be an unintended consequence – and a bad overall result – but fear from sexual harassment claims may reduce the number of women hired on Capitol Hill.

    It is all rather complicated but the easiest path is to avoid all such conflicts.

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  2. Jim Schradle December 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Such a game. We have a 20 trillion dollar debt and the government is pleased to hand out money and not discipline the guilty parties. America has a big problem, it’s called “government.” Government is encouraged to continue this bad behavior by the pathetic Establishment politicians who continually fund it and keep it alive. The government likes this game, it’s not paying out it’s own money. It’s handing out money it took from honest citizens by force. Our politicians are pleased to continue funding this disgusting game.

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  3. Ed Martin Jr December 3, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Jim your 100% right Thanks for pointing out what should be obvious to everyone!

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