We write to urge you, as head of the executive branch of government, to promote an end to unfairness, bullying and retaliation in the federal workplace by signing an executive order to mandate discipline for public officials found guilty of violating the civil rights of federal employees or the public they are to faithfully serve.
On May 15, 2002, Congress passed the Notification and Federal Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act after hearing testimony that federal workforce abuse reduces government's ability to timely and adequately address vital public needs. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/no_fear/pl_107-1743.pdf Chronic problems of discrimination and retaliation against federal employees and customers (such as the Black, Hispanic and Native American farmers) they are to serve have costs taxpayers in the billions.
No FEAR was intended to make federal managers and agencies more accountable when allegations of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment are made. Yet, eleven years after the passage of No FEAR federal officials continue to violate laws with impunity and without "consequences." Take the case of Craig Littlejohn, the chief information officer in the U.S. Department of Interior’s solicitor's office who the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found guilty of discrimination. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/25/AR2010082506768.html
On July 2, 2010, the EEOC ruled that the senior public official had engaged in civil rights violations. Nevertheless, on July 18, 2010, the Interior Department awarded Craig Littlejohn with a pay increase and deemed his “performance” at an acceptable level. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-WG0IalfqHZT29SbHJFSVNXb1E/edit?usp=sharing
The EEOC is a federal agency created to end employment discrimination. The EEOC, however, has no authority to issue discipline for No FEAR violations. Discipline is warranted to deter unlawful conduct by agency public officials who oversee federal programs related to loans, grants, financial aid and other government services to the public. On May 13, 2011 in a letter to Mr. Isaac Decatur (who proved discrimination against Veterans Affairs officials) EEOC acknowledged the following:
The matters you are concerned with are preventive in nature. While the EEOC orders agencies to consider discipline, we have no authority to issue discipline.”
Mr. President we ask that you mandate discipline within the federal workforce to ensure that management officials found guilty of breaking anti-discrimination and whistleblower protection laws are held accountable. One of the first duties of the federal government is to uphold the public good and then to provide security for citizens. When the government fails to safeguard its workforce (i.e., investigators, paramedics, scientists, loan processors, custom agents, claim examiners, air marshals, forest rangers, firefighters, food inspection analysts, correction officers) it negatively impacts the overall health of civil servants. Moreover, it puts the public at risk. Notably, civil servants function as America’s first line of defense when safeguarding our Homeland.
Most importantly, your signing of this executive order is the right thing to do to support our government’s ability to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, reduce costs to the taxpayer, and to promote the general welfare of all members of our society as set forth in the constitution.
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