More than half a dozen employees at the Department of Justice may be punished for using their positions to land jobs for relatives.
In a report from the Inspector General's Office, eight senior officials at the DOJ are accused of improperly using their employment to get jobs for children or relatives in a way that violated the hiring standards of the department. The report stated that those involved helped foster a culture of "nepotism" and were guilty of "ethical lapses."
The investigation began after a complaint was filed by U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) in 2010. He said that it was important that no special treatment be given to those who had relations with current employees.
"I expect the employees involved in this nepotism ring to be punished under the full extent of the law," he said in a statement shortly after the findings. "Nepotism has no place in any federal agency, and it is especially disturbing coming from the Department of Justice."
The federal government has faced other struggles when it comes to employment. A report from the Government Accountability Office stated that the government was falling short of a 2010 pledge to increase the hiring of disabled workers by 20,000, The Associated Press reports.
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