by Joan Wadelton, Guest Contributor
This is a summary of a longer article that begins below the fold titled Background on My Case that sets out new developments in my lengthy battle with the State Department’s Bureau of Human Resources (HR), including a July 2015 Report from State’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). This OIG Report finds that my allegations of corruption in HR are without merit by deftly avoiding examination of all available evidence. The Report is not only demonstrative of apparent corruption in the State Department, but also of a bureaucracy that has been allowed to run amok for years.
I have argued for many years in litigation, in the media, to the State Department's Office of Inspector General and to Congress, that State's Bureau of Human Resources has been engaged in corruption that has adversely affected the careers of too many Department employees including my own. I have also said that HR has been enabled by officials in the Offices of the Legal Adviser and the Inspector General.
In my own case, this apparent corruption appears to have involved HR's unlawful tampering with a long series of promotion boards held for me, using questionable results that forced me out of the Foreign Service.
My departure was the result of an apparent longstanding pattern of criminal behavior including the falsification of official government documents, interference with official government processes, perjury, forgery, evidence tampering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to do all of the above.
The State Department has fought me for 11 years – first in a grievance, now in both Federal District Court and in a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) case.
For various procedural reasons, no new evidence can be introduced into the Federal District Court not contained in the original grievance from which the District Court case arose. Indeed, several years ago, State fought vigorously to keep me from introducing evidence not included in the original grievance that would have been probative of my allegations. Now, however, State will attempt to introduce this July 2015 OIG report – no doubt to convince the judge that my claims are without merit and that the case should be dismissed.
In the separate FOIA case, State has fought equally vigorously to keep from responding to my requests. Astonishingly, the Department has recently revealed that attorneys from the OIG and the Office of the Legal Adviser have been working together on my case. This collaboration may represent an illegal conflict of interest under the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008.
As noted above, in addition to my complaints to Congress and the press, since 2002, I repeatedly asked State's OIG to investigate this matter. The OIG either ignored me or told me that my allegations were baseless.
Most recently, on September 3, 2014, I met face-to-face with State's current Inspector General (IG), Steve Linick, and his Deputy, Emilia DiSanto. During our 90-minute meeting, I laid out my evidence and in response to that meeting, the OIG opened an investigation.
On July 31, 2015, I was presented with an OIG “Information Report” that found my allegations to be without merit. The Report ignored a wide range of evidence demonstrating irregularities, including findings from my 2009 hearing before the Foreign Service Grievance Board (FSGB), as well as what appear to be falsified documents from a set of 2011 reconstituted promotion boards. (See the analysis of a prominent forensic document examiner who I engaged that appears to substantiate this.) Download Wadelton, Joan Handwriting Analysis Final Prelim. Report
The July OIG Report was not hastily cobbled together – rather, it was carefully crafted to appear to examine evidence without actually doing so. However, by ignoring compelling evidence, the OIG has failed to produce an honest and credible investigation.
Management failures in security, in the letting and implementation of contracts, in personnel and so much more, are indicative of a dysfunctional institution. The next Secretary of State must replace current senior career managers and rein in a bureaucracy that spun out of control many years ago.
In addition, the next Administration – working with both parties in Congress – needs to reconfigure the State Department’s management portfolio. A new Secretary must devise and implement an organizational structure that divides senior responsibility for management into multiple components that prevent the consolidation of power in far too few hands -- as is the case today.
Continue reading longer article below.