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Deputy Quits Troubled U.S. Whistleblower Office

POSTED: 03:32 PM ET, 07/18/2008 by Derek Kravitz

The resignation of the second-in-command at the government's top whistle-blower office -- and his accusation that his boss, U.S. Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch, put "political agendas and personal vendettas" ahead of the agency's mission and independence -- is the latest shake-up in a office that has been under scrutiny for years.

James Byrne's resignation as deputy to Bloch is effective Saturday, The Associated Press reports. Bloch is under federal investigation, accused of destroying evidence potentially showing he retaliated against his own staff.

Bloch, appointed by President Bush in 2003 to protect government whistle-blowers and to enforce prohibitions on political activity in the federal workplace, is facing allegations of political bias, obstruction of justice and mismanagement.

The inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management has investigated Bloch since 2005 over alleged mistreatment of employees and his handling of whistle-blower cases.

Byrne did not go into details about his allegations in a July 10 letter to Bloch, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

"Upon my departure, I am obligated to note that the mission, independence and very existence of the Office of Special Counsel are -- and shall remain -- at risk unless and until this agency is afforded a presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed leader who is capable of putting OSC's mission and OSC's people ahead of political agendas and personal vendettas," Byrne wrote.

By Derek Kravitz |  July 18, 2008; 3:32 PM ET
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Posted by: yEAH | July 18, 2008 4:18 PM

This is more of the same in the Bush administration and it's interesting how birds of a feather flock together. So Bush gathers around him people lacking in integrity and morality but are loyal to him and his beliefs. It's disgusting and pathetic I can't wait until the day he is finally out of office and all those who voted for this Buffoon and in fact, all American taxpayers are paying for this.

Posted by: ed6567 | July 18, 2008 4:40 PM

Once again quick to point fingers at the republicans yet the democrats have done the exact same thing in the past. Neither party is innocent of this behavior. Wake up and smell the coffee.

Posted by: Mark | July 18, 2008 4:45 PM

Cool, we should ignore it because both parties aren't "innocent" of it.

Posted by: Cool | July 18, 2008 5:11 PM

Once again quick to point fingers at the republicans yet the democrats have done the exact same thing in the past. Neither party is innocent of this behavior. Wake up and smell the coffee.
Posted by: Mark | July 18, 2008 4:45 PM


But that was then and this is now.

We need to prevent it from happening in the future.

Posted by: Sparky | July 18, 2008 6:09 PM

Compassion is required to have integrity.
George Bush and his cadre of toadies have no compassion; therefore no integrity.
He can't get to where most human beings desire to be. It is impossible. The hole in his being, in his soul is too large. He has surrounded himself with similiar types.
After his record this can't be a surprise to any one.

Posted by: onaeb | July 18, 2008 7:15 PM

Wouldn't you know... power just seems to corrupt. Perhaps we should give the Swiss way of governing a look. They seem to get their politicians to maintain a low profile (and ego) and switch them out regularly... and they have a prosperous economy with no wars in recent memory.
By the way, this suggestion in no way means I don't support our troops...

Posted by: TerrifiedCitizen | July 19, 2008 1:02 AM

What a surprise! Yet another Buch political appointee who we find has put political hit jobs and agendas ABOVE the priority of the job to which he was appointed. One can only hope that those who voted for Republicans the last two times have now come to grips with what their misguided votes have cost this nation: raging wars, a ruined economy, and a lack of prestige in the world. Thanks a lot for that, Republicans.

Posted by: dagnome, Las Vegas | July 20, 2008 2:25 PM

why are we surprised by this resignation and/or the allegation of favoritism or discrimination with regards to political affiliation? i would love to say that it doesn't happen on both sides of the aisle but it does, we all know it. it does seem very magnified by this present administration...much more to the benefits of themselves, their friends, their favorite corporate buddies and anyone scratching their backs..that's why a change is in order...


Posted by: hemnebob | July 21, 2008 9:03 AM

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