Investigation Confirms Interior Department Lacked Proper Justification for SES Reassignments

Washington, D.C. – The Senior Executives Association released the following statement in response to today’s release of the results of the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General’s investigation into the 2017 relocation of dozens of senior executives within DOI’s Executive Review Board (ERB), which prompted widespread accusations of potential discrimination on the bases of political affiliation, gender, career status, and race.

“Today’s report by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General confirmed what SEA and many career executives at the agency have long suspected about the Department’s decision to reassign 35 senior executives in 2017,” said SEA President Bill Valdez. “The agency did not comply with legal requirements; ignored regulatory guidance; and had no documented plan, methodology, or real business case that justified their actions.”

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