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Leaving Sexual Misconduct Findings Out of an Audit Report?


How can you ever think these days that leaving findings out of an audit report that are on a "third rail" issue will not come back to bite you. The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is calling for the removal of Joseph V. Cuffari from his position as Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security.


POGO has charged the following:

  • There is an unreleased survey in which more than 10,000 employees at DHS law enforcement components said they have experienced sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. Cuffari's Office has never published the audit report that details this survey from fiscal years 2012 to 2018,

  • Documents show that Cuffari’s signed instructions resulting in the removal of evidence from a 2020 report showing that Customs and Border Protection, a DHS component, substantiated domestic violence charges in 30 cases involving its employees — then continued to allow them access to government firearms,

  • Cuffari was instrumental in quashing a pair of investigations involving the Secret Service that had been recommended by the agency’s career staff,

  • Cuffari repeatedly impeded and delayed two ongoing investigations into alleged intelligence manipulation and whistleblower retaliation, and that he may have illegally “retaliated” against former high-ranking employees within the DHS inspector general office.

POGO is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes waste, corruption, abuse of power, and when the government fails to serve the public or silences those who report wrongdoing.

CAE always needs to have a governance group that they can go to and disclose "third rail" issues and let the governance group make the final call.


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