State Dept. IG Retaliates Against Whistleblowers, Threatens ‘Their Jobs And Careers’

Approximately 10 days ago, House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) wrote to State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard to report allegations from seven IG employees that he “has repeatedly interfered with on-going investigations to protect the State Department and the White House from political embarrassment.”

Krongard has thwarted investigations into waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq. He has also “refused to cooperate with an investigation into alleged weapons smuggling by a large, unidentified State Department contractor.”

Today, Waxman sent Krongard another disturbing letter that reveals the State Department Inspector General has been retaliating against the whistleblowers. Waxman writes:

This week, several current employees in your office — including two who have agreed to go on the record — informed the Committee that your senior staff attempted to coerce them not to cooperate with the committee’s inquiry and threatened their jobs and careers.

In the letter, Waxman explains that one week after he informed Krongard of the accusations being made by employees within his department, the whistleblowers were accosted by one of Krongard’s subordinates: a congressional affairs liaison who works for the State IG’s office. Here’s what one whistleblower reports that he was told:

[T]he congressional liaison told him: “You have no protection against reprisal. You have no whistleblower protections. Howard could retaliate and you would have no recourse.”

If there was any doubt about whether the Inspector General has been improperly carrying out the duties of his office, he’s confirmed it with his attempts to retaliate against his own employees, at least one of whom he had previously lauded as “one of my best investigators.”

Waxman directed Krongard “to suspend all communications (other than those necessary to collect responsive documents) with employees the Committee is planning to interview.”

One Response to “State Dept. IG Retaliates Against Whistleblowers, Threatens ‘Their Jobs And Careers’”

Lyle Courtsal

A.B.”Buzzy” Krongard did the put options 0n the airlines ahead of 9/11; related? Look at the perp walk; Geithner, Paulson, Bernacke, etc, all Bush appointees, all completely wrapped up in pushing fascism and subverting democracy or anything that would disrupt a deteriorating status quo in the US; they run to the bank with our money. Anyone stole your retirement lately? At some point, a whole lot of people lost a whole lot of money that were stolen in these scams, but you only hear about it infrequently. I remember talking to a retiree who was homeless about ten years ago who had lost his retirement in a reverse stock split; all gone into the black hole of amerikkkan finance.

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