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The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) today sent letters to the President and Congress alerting them that the Director of the Equal Opportunity Office (EEO) at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in northern Utah has been removed from her position for improperly and unlawfully handling complaints involving sexual harassment and discrimination.
After three whistleblowers disclosed to OSC that the EEO Director had improperly handled their complaints, an investigation was conducted by USAF's Material Command Office of Inspector General. The investigation substantiated the whistleblowers' allegations, finding that the EEO Director had:
In response to these findings, USAF has agreed to take significant corrective actions, including removing the EEO Director from her position and reassigning her to another office with no involvement in EEO filings. In addition, USAF committed to improve annual EEO training, issue new EEO policies involving conflicts of interest, and further investigate the conduct of two attorneys in the Hill AFB Civil Law Division who failed to identify conflicts of interest during the EEO settlement process.
“I commend the whistleblowers for bravely coming forward to identify the violations of law, gross mismanagement, and abuses of authority at Hill Air Force Base," said Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner. “Sexual harassment and discrimination cannot be tolerated on American military bases, and whistleblowers who come forward deserve fair treatment and due process. While this case exposed numerous legal violations and other egregious conduct, I am encouraged that the agency is taking steps to restore the integrity of its EEO process."