Monday, February 12, 2007

Bush Blochs investigation of staff protection agency

UPDATE, 2/13: Bloch backs off

BUSH ADMINISTRATION OBSTRUCTS INVESTIGATION INTO WHISTLEBLOWER AGENCY

Special Counsel Staff Afraid to Meet with Investigators in Monitored Offices

WASHINGTON — A slow-moving investigation of retaliation complaints within the federal agency charged with whistleblower protection has ground to a halt due to obstruction by the probe's target, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The beleaguered head of the Office of Special Counsel, Scott Bloch, is now insisting that when outside investigators contact staff members to set up interviews, the investigators must make the appointments through his office.

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-- from PEER

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