Recently we’ve learned about abuses of power in the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service and Environmental Protection Agency. I’m probably forgetting a few, but those are the ones that come to mind immediately.
Well, perhaps the Energy Department was feeling a little left out because it has now joined the fray with charges of nepotism against it. According to a recent Fox News report, an unnamed senior official at the department used his position in 2012 to secure competitive internships for three of his college-aged children.
The internships were part of the Student Temporary Employment Program that provides high school and college students with real-world work experience. All three of the official’s children were hired by the Department of Energy program offices as interns. A watchdog group determined that the official had discussed these potential internships for his children with a dozen other people in the department, apparently none of whom advised him against doing it.
When confronted by a watchdog group about his actions, the senior official said he did not think that he had done anything wrong. He defended his actions by saying that handing out favors to family members is a common practice in the department. The watchdog group found that to be the case, as many people in the department said they thought it was a routine occurrence.
It’s getting to the point where it’s barely even news anymore when one of the administration’s agencies is caught with its hand in the cookie jar. Any day now I expect to see a newspaper headline that says, “No Obama Administration Agency Caught in Wrongdoing This Week.” Now, that would be news!
How do you feel about the never-ending stories of governmental abuse? Do they surprise you, or is this exactly what you expected would happen with this administration? And do you think we’re “up to date” regarding the scandals, or do you believe that there are probably plenty more going on that we may or may not ever hear about? I’d love to learn what you think about this.