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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Should federal employees under investigation receive bonuses?

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) disclosed last week that 84 GSA employees under investigation by the inspector general received $1 million in bonuses.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) speaks to constituents during a roundtable discussion April 9 in Warrensburg, Mo. (Julie Denesha for The Washington Post)

From the Federal Eye post on the investigation:

An unnamed program officer received $38,664 in bonuses amid an investigation. That employee was later reassigned because of allegations of abuse of authority. A supervisor, who was reprimanded for interfering in an inspector general investigation, received more than $20,000 in bonuses, according to information released by McCaskill’s office ...
“It doesn’t pass the smell test to be awarding huge bonuses in taxpayer dollars to officials who are being investigated, or have already been found responsible, for fraud and waste of those very taxpayer dollars,” McCaskill said in a statement. “That’s why I’m not letting up on our fight for accountability in government.”

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