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FOIASI - Special Inquiry Review of Allegations Involving PotentialMisconduct by a Senior Office of Environmental Management Official

In September 2009, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) received multiple allegations concerning improprieties by a senior official with the Office of Environmental Management. The allegations involved potential violations of political activity restrictions, lack of impartiality in performing official duties, misuse of position, and other related misconduct. Specific allegations concerned: 1. Orchestrating a $9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) payment to certain Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in return for something of value on behalf of a Member of Congress; 2. Asking Federal officials at the U.S. Department of Energy's (Department) Savannah River Site (Savannah River) in South Carolina to arrange meetings with contractor employee union representatives in violation of the National Labor Relations Act; 3. Ordering Savannah River Federal and contractor officials to access subcontractor personnel files for data mining of demographic information in violation of the procedures for protecting persondly identifiable information; 4. Directing Savannah River contractor oficials to conduct Recovery Act-related job fairs in those counties represented by a Member of Congress in violation of the Hatch Act and Standards of Ethical Conduct; and, 5. Directing Savannah River contractor persomel to hire three specific individuals contrary to contract law principles.