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Evaluation of the EPA Office of Civil Rights
Final Report

1. Executive Summary
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contracted with Deloitte Consulting (Deloitte) to conduct an assessment of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The contract objectives were to:
 Conduct a comprehensive review and program evaluation to determine how effectively OCR is meeting its mission and regulatory mandates.
 Complete a comprehensive review of the OCR structure, staff and functions to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses.
 Assess Headquarters, field office, and laboratory interactions, present findings and deliver high-level recommendations.
 Deliver an objective evaluation which EPA officers can use to guide improvements for OCR functions and day-to-day operations.

Findings and Conclusions
EPA’s senior leadership has increased the Agency’s emphasis on resolving civil rights issues that are critical to fulfilling its mission. Recently, EPA leaders have been providing significant support to OCR, investing both time and resources needed to address significant performance challenges, including the following:
 The Office has not adequately adjudicated Title VI complaints – those addressing allegations of discrimination against communities of citizens affected to environmental rules promulgated by the EPA.
 OCR has struggled to track, investigate, and resolve Title VII cases – those addressing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) violations inside the Agency – in a timely or effective manner.
 OCR has not completed compliance checks of EPA grantees, in a timely or effective manner, to ensure that grantees are not engaging in discrimination in their work.
 OCR has not consistently filed its statutory affirmative employment reports over the past five years, although the 2010 MD-715 was submitted on time.

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NWC calls on EPA to oust Civil Rights Director

Today I am writing to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and asking her to remove Mr. Rafael DeLeon, the Director of the EPA's Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Last month, Deloitte Consulting issued a report on OCR finding that it is essentially dysfunctional. It fails in its core responsibility of protecting civil rights. Moreover, since Deloitte issued its report I have learned that OCR's director, Mr. DeLeon, recently made disparaging remarks about two courageous women whistleblowers "pink elephants."

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National Occupation of Washington Begins with Demonstration at the EPA

Marsha Coleman
Protestors March on EPA Headquarters demanding environmental sustainability and the protection of federal agency whistle-blowers

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OccupyEPA to release EPA tapes. The Launching of the spring occupation

In Wiki-Leak style, the NOW DC and OccupyEPA will be releasing a tape of EPA Civil Rights Director, Rafael DeLeon, bragging about the firing of two senior professional women Whistleblowers at EPA and calling them "Pink Elephants," a sexually degrading slur. 

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Occupy protesters, alpacas in tow, call for EPA administrator’s resignation

More than 100 demonstrators and two alpacas marched to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Friday, the first day of a planned monthlong National Occupation of D.C. movement dubbed NOWDC.

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Noam Chomsky with Occupy EPA Rally Footage

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discrimination went on in iowa during secretary tom vilsack's, term as governor

The state of Iowa's failure for decades to follow its own rules on hiring has allowed racial bias to creep into decisions on hiring and pay, according to the lead plaintiffs' attorney in a multimillion-dollar, class-action lawsuit trial that began this morning.

Report: White House played a role in the firing of Shirley Sherrod


Nationwide Occupy Wall Street Coalition Descends On The EPA

A coalition of people from 27 Occupy groups from around the country, calling itself NOW DC, descended on the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in the nation’s capital Friday.

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Lawrence Lucas, President, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, were two of more than 300 demonstrators that descended on EPA, in Washington DC, on Friday, demanding justice at EPA and the US Department of Agriculture. They were holding a banner saying, "Filibuster for Justice", and USDA  "Last Plantation".  

A coalition of people from 27 Occupy groups from around the country, calling itself NOW DC, descended on the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in the nation’s capital Friday.

The NOW DC/Occupy EPA rally  came about as a result of discussions online between the various Occupy factions around the country going back to last fall, co-organizer and rally emcee Dr. Margaret Flowers said.

“The EPA is guilty of crimes against humanity for its treatment of communities of color,” an Occupier told the crowd. “A Deloitte study found that it takes 15 years for the EPA to respond to complaints.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, an Obama appointee

EPA, Interior Department, Commerce Department, Energy Department and Defense Department to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce cabon emissions by 6 percent annually.

National Occupation of Washington Begins with Demonstration at the EPA


Occupy protesters, alpacas in tow, call for EPA administrator’s resignation

More than 100 demonstrators and two alpacas marched to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Friday, the first day of a planned monthlong National Occupation of D.C. movement dubbed NOWDC.

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FROM LUCAS

OccupyEPA speakers will include: former US presidential candidate, Ralph Nader; Susan M. Morris, civil rights leader and EPA whistleblower; pediatricians, Drs. Helen Caldicott and Margaret Flowers; Lawrence Lucas, U.S. Department of Agriculture Coalition of Minority Employees; Alexis Baden-Mayer of Organic Consumers Association; activist Lisa Longo; Joe Carson, Department of Energy Whistleblower; a Gray Panthers representative; King Downing, anti-racial profiling attorney; Patrick McCann, a member of Veteran’s for Peace; Michael Stovall, an Alabama Black farmer, Richard Cizik; Evelynn Brown, CEO Whistlewatch, and representatives from civil rights and occupy groups.

Lawrence Lucas, 18 Year President USDA Coalition of Minority Employees www.agcoalition.org

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Washington Post

White House making whistleblower advocates nervous

By Joe Davidson, Published: March 14

Obama administration officials reject charges that they are “trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistleblowers to court,” as ABC News reporter Jake Tapper put it last month.

Yet, Tapper’s question during a White House briefing drew national attention to a growing sense of unease among whistleblower and good-government types who feel President Obama isn’t fully living up to his billing, despite welcomed appointments to whistleblower-protection agencies.

Whistleblower advocates were cheered by this statement on Obama’s transition Web site about a month after he was elected:

“We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.”

The cheering has long subsided.

The government considers federal employees charged under the Espionage Act to be leakers of classified information, but that doesn’t convince advocates, who see the prosecutions as overzealous attacks on whistleblowers.

“The Justice Department does not target whistleblowers in classified leak cases or any other cases,” said Dean Boyd, an agency spokesman. The department does encourage employees to report government wrongdoing through “well-established mechanisms.”

Boyd continued: “However, we cannot sanction or condone federal employees who knowingly and willfully disclose classified information to the media or others not entitled to receive such information.”

It’s valid to distinguish between leakers and whistleblowers, said Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project, “but the administration is prosecuting both.”

To the consternation over the Espionage Act prosecutions, add the Food and Drug Administration’s surveillance of employees’ private e-mail accounts and you have two high-profile reasons for whistleblower discontent.

“Obama’s Justice Department has sent a clear message of fear and intimidation by vigorously pursuing prosecutions of whistleblowers and so-called leakers, rather than the people whose misconduct was being disclosed,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight.

Brian said the administration’s approach to whistleblowers “is almost a Jekyll and Hyde situation.” The Espionage Act and the FDA cases are one part of that split personality, and the Office of Special Counsel is the other.

Brian and other advocates praise appointments that have revitalized the Office of Special Counsel and made the Merit Systems Protection Board a somewhat friendlier place for workers. Both agencies play a key role in the protection of federal whistleblowers.

But each agency is limited by shortcomings in the Whistleblower Protection Act, which groups have been trying to strengthen for more than a decade.

“A lot of credit is owed since this was the first administration to testify in favor of critical reforms such as access to a jury trial and protections for intelligence and national security whistleblowers,” Brian said. “The White House was extremely engaged in helping to shape and pushing to pass the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act in the last Congress.”

But since the legislation was defeated, “there has been a lot less visible effort to pass the reform in this Congress,” she said, perhaps because the White House’s “help hasn’t been needed yet in the Senate and has not necessarily been welcome in the Republican-controlled House.”

If the legislative stall continues, whistleblowers will increasingly look for White House action. “The litmus test will not be administration efforts within Congress,” Devine said. “It will be whether the administration fills the vacuum of congressional inaction to protect national security whistleblowers.”

In a National Action Plan on open government issued in September, the White House promised to “explore options for utilizing executive branch authority to strengthen and expand whistleblower protections” if Congress remains deadlocked.

Taking a strong initiative on this front, by issuing a presidential directive boosting whistleblower protection, especially in national security cases, would be a major step in the administration regaining the confidence of those who work with whistleblowers crushed by Uncle Sam’s big foot.

Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, wants Obama to demonstrate his bona fides “by appointing a whistleblower to run a program that he or she risked their career to reform or by restoring whistleblowers . . . and punishing retaliatory managers.

“Setting just one prominent example would send a powerful message that would reverberate throughout the entire executive branch.”

Previous columns by Joe Davidson are available at wapo.st/JoeDavidson. Follow the Federal Diary on Twitter: @JoeDavidsonWP.

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Congress has had an  "intrusion challenge"  for years. There is an ongoing, acute problem in the federal government, because Congress failed its duty to  reign in lawless bureaucrats. This is particularly the cse in the  US Department of Agriculture (USDA) & the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

Congress in its infinite wisdom, chose to look the other way and failed to conduct the proper civil rights and supervisory oversight hearings of these rogue federal agencies. These agencies violate our laws and even violate their own policies. And Congress is responsible for the misery and violations of human rights that are part and parcel of USDA thuggery.

This failure to supervise allows these agencies to lie, cheat, steal, and commit purjory,  at the expense of  the taxpayers who  pay their salaries, and the men and women who draw a paycheck from the federal government. 

This piracy and outlawism is especially true in the case of USDA, where the failure of Congress to provide oversight to USDA  has endangered employees and taxpayers.  For the past four years we have made a host of appeals for civil rights oversight hearings of both the republican and democratic administrations. However, both continue to ignore these widespread abuses....mostly of women. The Shirley Sherrod example should tell America and the Congress something.

The Obama administrations promises of "accountability", "open government", "transparency" and "working in cooperation &partnership" at these federal agencies, has become nothing more than a "pipe dream" for many of us. For these kinds of reasons, you had  OccupyEPA, Whistleblowers, NOW groups, OccupyDC, environmentalist, civil rights groups, joining together in concert, rallying on the streets of Washington DC and in front of EPA on Friday of last week.

Washington knows the problem....but does not have the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing.

 

Lawrence Lucas, President USDA Coalition of Minority Employees www.agcoalition.org


4/6/2012

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