The chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of International Conservation has been accused of violating conflict of interest rules by participating in a cooperative agreement that financially benefited a member of his family. He was also allegedly a decision maker in two other grants involving the family member.
Many federal employees are feeling under attack. The never-ending series of budget "crises" and the unrelenting negative publicity aimed at federal employees becomes demoralizing to the average worker just trying to do their job. The sequestration, pay freezes, budget cuts and the incipient furloughs add to the oppressive environment that many workers inhabit.
The city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, recently settled a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by an employee of the city's public safety department. The employee claimed that because of his obsessive-compulsive disorder he was treated differently than other employees and was wrongfully terminated because of his disorder.