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Surprise: Nepotism ‘Open and Widely Accepted’ at Energy Department

Big government breeds lots of bad behavior on the part of government officials and bureaucrats, including that ancient practice, nepotism. The Washington Post reports:

Advocating for the hire of relatives, a form of nepotism, has become “open and widely accepted” at the Energy Department, according to a federal watchdog report.

The unnamed official, who served in a top management role with the agency’s energy efficiency and renewable energy division, contacted a number of officials to inquire about opportunities for his kids, according to the inspector general.The Energy Department’s inspector general made that determination in a report released last week about a senior manager who pushed for three of his college-age children to be hired for department internships last year.

Investigators found that one department reversed its previously announced decision to not hire interns for 2012, after the senior official contacted division leaders.

All of the official’s children were hired by the agency during that year, according to the report. Two of the officials who made those hires told investigators they did not feel pressured by the parent, the report said.

Federal law prohibits  public officials from appointing, employing or even advocating for their children or relatives to work within their agencies, but the issue of nepotism appears to be widespread within the Energy Department. Investigators found that DOE officials were largely unaware of the rules against such actions.

The whole thing is here

Veronique de Rugy — Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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