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Homeland Security Employees Routinely Misuse Overtime Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Homeland Security employees are helping themselves to unearned overtime, costing the federal agency a lot of money, whistleblowers are reporting, according to the Washington Post.

The overtime can add as much as 25% to a paycheck and is used as an incentive for new employees, the Post reported.

The federal Office of Special Counsel on Thursday released a report that declared Homeland Security is involved in a “gross waste of government funds.”

Overtime pay in six offices reached $8.7 million a year, the Post reported.

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Trio Accused of Shooting ICE Agent Because He Looked Suspicious

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A father, son and unidentified minor are in custody on charges they chased down a U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement special agent and shot him in southern Texas last week.

The reason?

According to the son, the trio chased agent Kelton Harrison through an isolated highway before opening fire and wounding him because his car was suspicious, Reuters reported.

Harrison underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

Pedro Alvarado, 41, and his son, Arnoldo Alvarado, 18, face charges of assault on a federal officer and carrying a firearm during a crime.

State authorities took custody of the unidentified juvenile.

Ex-Philly Interim U.S. Atty. Laurie Magid in Hot Water

Ex-U.S. Atty. Laurie Magid

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-interim Philly U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid is facing some serious allegations.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has alleged that as a government employee Magid improperly held fundraisers for Sen. Arlen Specter in 2008 and one for U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan in 2009, and solicited funds from subordinates at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the fundraisers, according to the counsel’s Feb. 15 document posted on  Politico.

The special counsel has recommended disciplinary action for violating the Hatch Act law. which  limits political activity by federal employees.

Magid was the first assistant U.S. Attorney from summer 2005 until  July 2008 when she became acting U.S. Attorney. From February 2009 to May 2009 she was the interim U.S. Attorney and then was replaced.

The Office of Special Counsel document stated that in  2008, Magid’s husband was hosting a fundraiser at their home for Sen. Arlen Specter.

The document alleged that she helped her husband and invited eight assistant U.S. attorneys (AUSAs) for the Sen. Specter fundraiser.

“At least one one AUSA expressed concern that he felt pressure to attend this political fundraiser,” the document said.

In early 2009, the husband threw a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Patrick Meehan, the former U.S. Attorney, who eventually decided to run for Congress. Magid helped her husband with the invite list, which included 35 of her subordinate employees. Of those, about 18 got the invitations at their official U.S. Attorney address, the document said.

“When invitations were received, performance evaluations were in progress,” the document said. “Several of respondent’s subordinate employees  expressed concerns that they  felt pressure to attend this political fundraiser or make a financial contribution.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Magid did not respond to an e-mail for comment, and a person at her home said she was not available to respond.

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Investigation Concludes Ex-Minneapolis U.S. Atty. Retaliated Against No. 2 in Office

Retaliation can be an effective management tool — that is til you get busted.

Ex-U.S. Atty. Rachel Paulose

Ex-U.S. Atty. Rachel Paulose

By Randy Furst
Minneapolis Star Tribune

An independent federal investigation has determined that former U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose retaliated against the No. 2 person in her Minneapolis office after he filed a complaint that she had mishandled classified materials.
The announcement by the Office of Special Counsel in Washington on Wednesday appeared to be a full vindication of John Marti, the first assistant U.S. attorney, who resigned his management position in 2007, along with two other top lawyers in the Minneapolis office.
Marti, who continues to work as an assistant U.S. attorney, reached a financial settlement with the Justice Department. Any negative references will be removed from his personnel records. He had filed a complaint under the Whistleblowers Protection Act.
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