SSA Whistleblowers Ask, Where’s the Justice?

MADISON, Wis.– Now that a federal examination has discovered several examples of misbehavior and abuse at a Wisconsin Social Security Administration workplace, some staff members who blew the whistle have one concern: When will justice be served?

In February, SSA’s Office of the Inspector General launched a truth sheet on its prolonged examination into the Madison Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. To name a few events of misbehavior, private investigators discovered that the director of the scandal-plagued hearing workplace used main leave and authorized leave to gamble at an area casino, while a group manager made money a complete day’s wage to watch a Green Bay Packers football game at Lambeau Field.

The truth sheet mentions the law was broken at the Madison ODAR center which supervisors held whistleblowers to considerably more stringent requirements than other staff.

“An Office of Inspector General examination discovered severe issues, consisting of time and presence scams, and revealed that 2 whistleblowers in the workplace experienced diverse treatment from other employees,” U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson composed SSA’s acting commissioner. “I inquire about how SSA will deal with these issues”.

Since recently, the firm had yet to comply, as soon as again requesting for more time to react.

Johnson is chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which in June introduced questions into the Madison and Milwaukee ODAR workplaces.

OIG private investigators discovered that the staff member who took in the Packers game on taxpayer time, previous Madison ODAR group manager Wayne Gentz inning accordance with numerous sources near the circumstance, “breached federal law, federal guidelines, and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.”.

Previous Hearing Office Director Laura Hodorowicz “used main and authorized leave to gamble at an area casino,” Johnson composed. “The OIG discovered this conduct broke federal law and federal policies.”.

Hodorowicz, implicated of leading a “culture of corruption and cover-up” at the Madison workplace, was gotten rid of from the workplace and relieved of her management tasks in August in the middle of the OIG examination.

Gentz, too, was gotten rid of from the workplace and his position.

Both stay on the company payroll, working for SSA’s Chicago-based Region 5 from another location from their houses, inning accordance with sources.

On the other hand, whistleblowers declare they continue to be struck back versus, some required to eliminate for telework lodgings required by their decreasing health. Those health issue, they say, are straight connected to the tension they have actually experienced in their long and agonizing whistleblower odyssey.

” Are they (Gentz and Hodorowicz) needing to combat to work from home? Laura ought to have really been fired but there she is, being in the convenience of her own home, gathering 6 figures,” one SSA whistleblower tax evasion¬†stated.

Inquired about the status of the Madison ODAR supervisors, Doug Nguyen, SSA local spokesperson, stated exactly what he has actually typically stated, that the firm can not discuss private workers matters.

” The firm is dedicated to making sure an office devoid of harassment and retaliation for all workers,” Nguyen stated in an e-mail reaction to Wisconsin Watchedog. “We are working proactively because regard.”.

In the middle of several federal examinations last fall, 2 leading administrators for the Chicago area stated they would be stepping down. They have not.

In October, it was revealed that Sherry D. Thompson, primary administrative law judge for SSA’s Region 5, and Assistant Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge John J. Rabaut would be resigning from their management positions at the end of 2016.

Since today, Thompson and Rabaut stayed at their posts. Nguyen did not talk about the administrators’ status.

At the time, Gregory Senden, an agent for the federal government union that represents numerous SSA staff members, sent out an e-mail to numerous employee encouraging of the modifications.

” Hopefully the brand-new management that is picked will work and expert, and ready to deal with AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees) to enhance the spirits of ODAR staff members and enhance service to the general public that we serve,” Senden composed in the e-mail acquired by Wisconsin Watchdog.

After NSE, MCX To Subject Itself to A Third-Party Audit

Mumbai: The board of Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX) has actually chosen to go through a third-party audit of its trading systems following a letter from a whistleblower to capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), stated 2 people with direct understanding of the matter.

” As a great governance practice, the MCX Board encouraged the management that it ought to perform a recognition (or an audit) by a 3rd party of its trading and infotech system,” stated the very first person, on the condition of privacy.

The 2nd person, who likewise didn’t wish to be called, stated this is not directed by Sebi but simply a sensible procedure.

An MCX representative decreased to comment.

The claims by the whistleblower (the exact same one who had actually flagged a comparable issue at NSE) versus product exchanges relate to the so-called “dark fiber” issue. It was initially reported by Moneylife on 14 March.

Dark fiber describes a devoted interaction line through which messages take a trip faster than routine lines because of the lack of other traffic. There is absolutely nothing prohibited about using such much faster connection facilities.

According to the whistleblower letter, the dark fiber innovation of suppliers is being used by choose brokers for faster access to MCX trading systems. The brokerages did this while accessing the distance hosting services of the exchange.

Unlike equity exchanges, in product exchanges brokers are not enabled, under Sebi standards, to place their servers in the exchange facilities. The exchanges offer distance hosting rather, the capability to place servers in close distance of the exchange.

The whistleblower, in his previous letters, had actually levelled accusations versus NSE, stating that its systems were susceptible to control which it enabled preferential access to particular brokers.

These accusations were later on confirmed by Sebi and a Sebi-commissioned forensic audit of NSE’s systems by Deloitte India.

NJ Politics Digest: Judges Hand Port Authority Win Over Whistleblower

It’s Thursday, and another problem for efforts to clean-up the scandal-plagued Port Authority, as a state appeals court ruled the bi-state firm is exempt from state whistleblower defenses.

As state authorities start hearings on a brand-new budget plan, its occasions in Washington– not Trenton– that are getting a great deal of attention. On the other hand, the race to change Gov. Chris Christie is still mostly up in the air, with state citizens mainly uncertain who they ‘d like to see taking the helm at the statehouse.

Quote of the Day: “Our Legislature attempted to repair this by passing the brand-new Port Authority reforms, which Chris Christie naturally banned because he and Governor Cuomo use the Port Authority for political functions,”– Attorney Nancy Erika Smith.