WASHINGTON — At least a dozen children or other relatives of Energy Department officials have received summer jobs at the department in apparent violation of federal nepotism rules, an agency watchdog said Monday.
Inspector General Gregory Friedman said in a report that one senior Energy Department official was actively involved in securing summer jobs for his three college-aged children, including two who ended up getting jobs in the division where the official works.
The official, who was not named, is a senior staff member in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The report says the Energy Department is considering “appropriate corrective action” but offers no specifics.
“Nepotism or even its appearance can have a decidedly negative impact on morale within an organization,” Friedman wrote in a 19-page report.
Providing inappropriate advantages for relatives of federal employees “damages the integrity of the competitive process and erodes public trust in the federal hiring process,” Friedman added. “The impact is likely severe, especially when considering the intense competition for (summer) intern positions within the department.”
Read More at OfficialWire . By Matthew Daly.