WASHINGTON – A federal watchdog finds that eight Drug Enforcement Administration employees investigated over sexual misconduct allegations improperly received cash bonuses and performance awards from the agency.
The Justice Department's inspector general reviewed whether any of 14 employees implicated in questionable behavior later received favorable personnel actions.
An IG report in March detailed three episodes of serious misconduct, including agents who admitted having sex with prostitutes while overseas. Though some of the employees were either suspended or issued reprimands, the review found eight of them still received thousands of dollars in merit bonuses.
DEA policy generally prohibits employees from getting such rewards for a period of 3 years after being disciplined for misconduct or while an investigation is pending. The agency says it has established new procedures to improve internal communication.