A new government watchdog report published on Wednesday found that the Obama Justice Department discriminated against veterans in its hiring practices.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, charged with overseeing the Justice Department, received complaints alleging that the DOJ’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program “attempted to influence veterans to withdraw from competition for two vacant competitive service positions in 2015.”
Federal law requires government agencies to give preferential consideration to veterans in hiring, and ICITAP officials had non-veteran candidates in mind.
According to a Washington Times report:
The Obama Justice Department discriminated against military veterans, trying to force them to withdraw their applications for two job postings — then canceling the postings altogether and rewriting the jobs to prevent the veterans from qualifying, a government watchdog said Wednesday.
Under federal law, veterans should have gotten preferential consideration for the two positions in the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program.
But Justice officials had their eye on non-veterans, and scheduled meetings off-site to try to force the veteran candidates to withdraw their applications, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said.
The veterans refused to withdraw and human resources told the ICITAP hiring officials that they had to hire the veterans.
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