Given that Salazar is vacating his position in March, OSC is proceeding too slowly, said Hutchins.
“As soon as he leaves office there is really no repercussion for him for violating the Hatch Act,” she said. “We think that if OSC drags its heels on this it’s sending a message to every Cabinet secretary that ‘if you violate the Hatch Act toward the end of your term and announce you are leaving, you kind of get a free shot because we don’t have our act together enough to complete our investigation and hold you accountable to the law.’”
Taken together, OSC’s failings constitute a “breakdown of accountability,” according to Cause of Action Executive Director Dan Epstein.
“The ripple effects of their failures mean that numerous agency employees are potentially getting away with breaking the law,” he said in a statement.
Cause of Action wrote a letter to California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asking him to investigate OSC’s efficacy.
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