Report Sees Illegal Hiring Practices at Justice Department

Most of us know about the Bush Administration’s politicization of the Justice Department.  That department was one of many in the executive branch that fell victim to ‘politicization’.  

Remember Lorita Doan, the head of the General Services Administration  who was found by Congressman Henry Waxman to have participated in illegal political activities while head of that department.

Think progress:

Waxman has discovered that Doan “used a January 2007 teleconference to ask senior GSA officials to help ‘our candidates’ in the next elections through targeted public events, such as the opening of federal facilities around the country.” Doan discussed with GSA officials “how to exclude House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from an upcoming courthouse opening in San Francisco and how to include Republican Senator Mel Martinez.” Doan’s activity is now being investigated as a potential violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits partisan campaign activities on federal property.

Doan’s inappropriate (and potentially illegal) behavior extends beyond partisan hackery. Last summer, Doan signed a $20,000 no-bid contract for a 24-page report “promoting GSA’s use of minority- and women-owned businesses.”

This administration has hired ONLY Republicans and Bush loyalists in key rolls at many government agencies. 

New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials over the last six years illegally used “political or ideological” factors to hire new lawyers into an elite recruitment program, tapping law school graduates with conservative credentials over those with liberal-sounding resumes, a new report found Tuesday.

 The blistering report, prepared by the Justice Department’s inspector general, is the first in what will be a series of investigations growing out of last year’s scandal over the firings of nine United States attorneys. It appeared to confirm for the first time in an official examination many of the allegations from critics who charged that the Justice Department had become overly politicized during the Bush administration.       More>>>

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~ by kstreet67 on June 24, 2008.

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