Written by: Randy DeSoto
A new government watchdog report published on Wednesday found that the Obama Justice Department discriminated against veterans in its hiring practices.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, charged with overseeing the Justice Department, received complaints alleging that the DOJ’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program “attempted to influence veterans to withdraw from competition for two vacant competitive service positions in 2015.”
Federal law requires government agencies to give preferential consideration to veterans in hiring, and ICITAP officials had non-veteran candidates in mind.
According to the OSC report, the ICITAP’s mission is “to work with foreign governments to develop law enforcement institutions in support of U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives,” which would seem a natural fit for many who have served in the military.
“The veterans refused to withdraw, and human resources told the ICITAP hiring officials that they had to hire the veterans,” the Washington Times reports.
In response, the ICITAP canceled the initial job postings altogether.
Still determined to hire non-veterans, the agency re-posted the openings in 2016, but added requirements to the position that effectively excluded veterans from applying.
The OSC determined that the treatment of these veterans violated multiple laws, including prohibitions against seeking to influence candidates to withdraw from competition and recommending hiring against veterans’ preference requirements.