Special Counsel’s Conclusion
As discussed above, several of the Air Force’s findings are not supported by the evidence presented and thus do not appear reasonable. Those findings demonstrate a pattern of the Air Force’s failure to acknowledge culpability for wrongdoing related to the treatment of remains of service members and their dependents. Despite the failure to accept accountability with respect to certain allegations, the Air Force has taken substantial corrective actions to address the findings and issues brought to light through this investigation. As noted, however, I am concerned that the retention of the individuals responsible for serious violations of codes and regulations, gross mismanagement, dishonesty, and misconduct sends an inappropriate message to the workforce.
Dear Senator Grassley and Representative Issa:
Attached above is the final conclusion regarding an investigation into the disposal of human remains returning from the war in this document:
Within that document you will find two civilian workers who did terrible things while working for the government, but were ‘reassigned’ instead of being fired. To that end, Lois Learner comes to mind.
I would ask that the oversight committees of both the House and Senate find some way to review the ability for the Government, as a whole, to dismiss civilian workers who are found to have been responsible for serious violations of rules and regulations, gross mismanagement, dishonesty, and misconduct that sends an inappropriate message to the workforce.
At this time, with the many scandals rocking our nation’s ability to govern, this is one of the most important areas that have yet to be addressed.