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.