Inspection Report: Alleged Nepotism and Wasteful Spending in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy   [open pdf - 271KB]

"The Department of Energy (Department) administers various hiring programs designed to generate a pipeline of talent to replenish its workforce and to maintain overall workforce vitality. One of those programs is the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), which provides opportunities for students in high school and college to gain work experience, while enhancing their awareness of the Department's mission and functions. In order to streamline the hiring process, STEP appointments are exempted from the usual competitive selection examining procedures; however, this streamlined process does not negate the responsibility for ensuring a fair and open competitive process during the selection of STEP participants. The Department's Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (Human Capital) has primary oversight of the Department's hiring processes, including STEP. While Human Capital provides various hiring related services to a number of program offices, selection authority is vested in individual program offices. […] Recently, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) received allegations that a senior Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) official had violated these regulations by: (1) engaging in nepotism by advocating for his three children to obtain STEP employment at the Department; and (2) wasting funds by enrolling two of the three children in costly training courses unrelated to their duties as STEP interns. We initiated the inspection to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations."

Report Number:
Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Report No. DOE/IG-0888
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U.S. Department of Energy: http://energy.gov/
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