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Analyzing Federal Misconduct in Federal Law Enforcement: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, April 15, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the April 15, 2015 hearing "Analyzing Federal Misconduct in Federal Law Enforcement" held before the House Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of the Honorable Steve King: "[I]t is clear that the allegations of sexual misconduct and other shenanigans at the Secret Service and the DEA [Drug Enforcement Agency] have given the American people the impression that these federal agencies, rather than being bastions of professionalism and integrity, can sometimes turn a blind eye to behavior that is better suited for the frat house, or the big house, than the White House. Additionally, I am very troubled by the lack of transparency in the disciplinary process. We all know it is unreasonably difficult to fire a federal employee, even for gross misconduct. However, the evidence points to an epidemic of 'under-discipline' at the DEA. In many cases, we have heard that the offending employees are merely placed on administrative leave, moved to desk duty, or quietly 'resign,' for conduct that would be grounds for immediate termination in the private sector. This cycle of chronic 'under-punishment' must not be allowed to continue, particularly since many of these agents have done nothing less than engage in criminal behavior. I am interested in hearing more from our panel about exactly what happens when the agencies receive a complaint about the conduct of an employee. Following the latest DOJ-OIG [Department of Justice-Office of the Inspector General] report, even Attorney General Holder felt compelled to act. He issued a memo which 'reiterate[d] to all Department personnel, including attorneys and law enforcement officers, that they are prohibited from soliciting, procuring, or accepting commercial sex.' [...] [T]he fact that the Attorney General would feel compelled to issue a memo reminding law enforcement professionals not to solicit prostitutes shows there are real problems at these agencies. That is why we are here today." Statements, Letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael E. Horowitz, John Roth, Herman E. Whaley, and Mark Hughes.

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Serial No. 114-28
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2015
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Public Domain
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U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary: https://judiciary.house.gov/
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