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July 27, 2012

Report: Officials tried to hire relatives

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A report released Thursday said eight U.S. Justice Department officials improperly tried to get their children or other relatives hired at the department.

Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said the eight officials in the Justice Management Division broke laws and department regulations in seeking jobs for relatives in the division, the department's management agency, The Washington Post reported.

It was the third time nepotism violations were discovered in the past decade. The Post and CNN said the inspector general's office found similar violations in 2004 and 2008.

"The department takes seriously the findings in this report, and we are moving immediately to address the report's findings," department spokeswoman Gina Talamona said.

The Post said Lee J. Lofthus, U.S. assistant attorney general for administration, said in a written response to the report: "While it was a small number of JMD staffs and individuals implicated ... the report clouds all of JMD and was particularly troubling because it is the third time in eight years that [the inspector general] had identified similar violations."

The officials involved are career employees and include the director and deputy director of Facilities and Administrative Services, the Post said. They also include the director and two assistant directors of Human Resources and a senior adviser to a deputy assistant attorney general in the division.

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Andy, I contacted you about 4 weeks ago about an abnnodaed' house, in foreclosure, with grass 2 feet high. Her is an update for you on the property at 9844 South Clark Place. After 2 calls to the Property Maintenance number 257-8484,one visit from a city employee who stood on the street and phoned the police deparment that day, and yet another call to the city manager, the city set out a crew of 3-4 to cut the lawn that should be the banks responsibility. Now this process has to get smoothed out here. The typical resident is NOT going to go to such lengths to get landlords, homeowners, bankowners to take their property management seriously. The MJM article of 5/22/07 mentioned the process' of sending out notification and the response time is 30 days. If the house is abnnodaed, no one gets in to pick the notification notice! And, my vote is with you, hire more zoning officers to get this job done that has been swept under the rug for too long. This is why there are 400+ violations.The residents are fed up with the city's excuses. Some of this is a direct result of the OTHER problem that exists in the city. Why not find willing, legal residents to volunteer and train them to do some zoning violation work? Along side of the HelpSaveManassas project start another chapter BringBeautyBack. Keep up the endless, good job you are doing!


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