Deputy General Counsel Responds to Reports on Isolated Incidents of Prostitution at Treasury

Letter to the Editor: Deputy General Counsel Responds to Reports on Isolated Incidents of Misconduct at Treasury

In response to an article in The Hill about isolated incidences of misconduct at Treasury, Deputy General Counsel Christian A. Weideman submitted the below letter to the editor. Treasury’s Inspector General earlier today also released a statement, which can be found here.

 

July 16, 2012

Dear Editor:

The story in today’s edition of The Hill about Treasury Department Inspector General reports regarding employee misconduct—together with your reporter’s statements on television this morning—creates a misleading impression of widespread unethical behavior at this Department. This is simply not accurate.

Here are the facts. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released 11 investigative reports covering conduct that occurred as early as 2000. In four cases, the OIG concluded that there was no evidence to support the allegations. In one case, the misconduct was committed by a private citizen (a Treasury office was burglarized). That leaves six cases in question. Although any misconduct is unacceptable, this is a small number that does not fairly reflect a Department with tens of thousands of employees. None of the employees at issue were political appointees or senior officials, and there is absolutely no evidence of any pattern or trend.

Unfortunately, in all institutions of every size, there are some employees who act inappropriately. Treasury takes these matters very seriously and does not tolerate any misconduct. Treasury has an extensive ethics program, and senior leadership continually stresses the importance of integrity throughout the entire Department. Moreover, one of the core and routine functions performed by the OIG is to investigate allegations of employee misconduct. When allegations of wrongdoing arise, we work closely with the OIG to make sure that any allegations of improper conduct are investigated quickly and that those who have committed misconduct are disciplined pursuant to the law and Treasury rules.

Here, as your story notes, the OIG referred all six cases to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for potential criminal prosecution. As Treasury’s Inspector General also stated, however, the actions of a few should not tarnish the vast majority of employees who comply with government ethics laws. Accordingly, we believe that sensationalizing these reports—in an apparent effort to attract attention—is irresponsible and does a disservice to Treasury, the Inspector General, and the overwhelming majority of the Department’s employees, who serve the American people with professionalism, diligence, and integrity.

Christian A. Weideman

Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury

SOURCE: http://www.treasury.gov/

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2 Responses to “Deputy General Counsel Responds to Reports on Isolated Incidents of Prostitution at Treasury”
  1. Bobbi Swann says:

    Guess they forgot about the “madame” who was promised immunity from prosecution if she turned over all of her “books and evidence” to the gov’t. All of that ‘evidence’ just somehow disappeared and no further action was taken. Don’t suppose that either one of these ‘gentlemen’ who wrote these letters to the editor cared to interview this ‘lady of the night’. In her interview with “inside job” she tells how they charged the services to every imaginable line item in the gov’t! So Good Luck with these letters to the editor……..

  2. 1ofthemany says:

    believe no one in the gov NO ONE…even the lowest on the totem pole believe no one!!!

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