Charles Z. Wick, director of the U.S. Information Agency, surreptitiously taped telephone conversations with dozens of friends and public officials without their permission. He installed a $32,000 security system at his Washington home at taxpayer expense, then repaid $22,000 of the cost after criticism from the White House, along with $4,436 for personal calls on two telephones that had been installed at his home at government expense. Wick also accepted responsibility for USIA's hiring of a number of friends and relatives of top administration officials, including the son of Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger, the daughter of then-Interior Secretary William P. Clark and the daughter of then-Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr.
John M. Fedders, enforcement chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission, resigned last year after his wife, Charlotte, testified in divorce proceedings that he repeatedly beat her and ran up huge debts during their 18-year marriage.
Tom Tancredo, the Education Department's Denver regional chief, mailed a speech at government expense that praised Christian schools and lamented that godlessness had taken over America, a "Christian nation."
Christopher C. Sundseth, a political appointee at the Treasury Department, wrote an insulting letter last year to a citizen who had sent a postcard criticizing the "Christian nation" speech distributed by Tancredo. Sundseth called the citizen an "amazing, pathetic creature" and said that the United States "was founded by Christians who were escaping the kind of small-minded tripe you espouse." His job was later eliminated.
Herbert E. Ellingwood, chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, was widely criticized for suggesting that an evangelical Christian group start what came to be known as a "Christian talent bank" for federal appointments. A House subcommittee also accused Ellingwood, a longtime friend of Edwin Meese III, of arranging a merit board job for Gretchen Thomas, the wife of a mutual friend who had given Meese's wife a $15,000 no-interest loan. Attorney General Meese recently hired Ellingwood for a Justice Department post that requires no Senate confirmation.
Baker Armstrong Smith, director of labor relations at the Housing and Urban Development Department, resigned in 1983 after allegations that he sharply curbed HUD's enforcement program, improperly dismissed employes because of their union backgrounds and had his former secretary type his master's thesis and mail his Christmas gifts.
Dick Eudaly resigned as HUD's Dallas regional chief in 1984 following allegations that he demoted or transferred five subordinates who questioned his efforts to manipulate a HUD program so that two Texas cities could receive grants.
Richard Mulberry, inspector general at the Interior Department, resigned in 1984 after congressional auditors found he had mishandled a probe of alleged leaking of coal-leasing data.
R. Leonard Vance, director of health standards at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, told congressional investigators in 1984 that he could not produce his appointment calendars on meetings with a chemical manufacturer because his dogs had been sick and vomited on them.
Dennis LeBlanc, while a $58,000 associate administrator at the Commerce Department, spent part of his time chopping wood and sweeping out the barn at President Reagan's Santa Barbara ranch. LeBlanc, who had been Reagan's bodyguard when he was governor of California, resigned.
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, U.S. attorney in Mobile, Ala. and nominee for a federal judgeship, has run into trouble in the Senate Judiciary Committee after witnesses said he called the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union "un-American" and "communist-inspired" and has made racially insensitive remarks. Sessions said his remarks were misinterpreted or taken out of context; the nomination is still pending.