Washington, D.C. (WiredPRNews.com) — Attorney General Michael Mukasey has told employees of the Justice Department that some departmental polices have changed recently. The department has decided to make more fixes in order to prevent the repeat of violations in hiring decisions.
In a letter to employees on Wednesday, Mukasey said that he was “disturbed by the finding that some Department employees had violated federal law, rules and regulations; and disappointed that these actions have harmed the reputation of this great institution.”
The details of the alleged bias in the hiring process was contained in two recent reports from an internal probes that included one focusing on the high ranking aides to the former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ actions. As per an investigation conducted by the Justice Office of Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility, Gonzales’ White House liaison, Monica Goodling and Gonzales’s chief of staff, Kylie Sampson, used ideological and political litmus tests in an illegal manner.
The positions that were seriously affected include the assistant U.S. attorneys, immigration judges and the employees that were on temporary assignments at the Justice Headquarters. A report issued in June found a political hiring bias of interns and entry level jobs.
Mukasey reminded employees, “It is neither permissible nor acceptable to consider political affiliations in the hiring of career Department employees. I have acted, and will continue to act, to ensure that these words are translated into reality so that what is described in the recent OIG/OPR reports does not recur.”