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GWPDA  
#1 Posted : Monday, July 30, 2018 12:31:53 PM(UTC)
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Washington Post (7/30/2018):
"The personnel chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — who resigned just weeks ago — is under investigation after being accused of creating an atmosphere of widespread sexual harassment over years in which women were hired as possible sexual partners for male employees, the agency’s leader said Monday.

The alleged harassment and other misconduct, revealed through a preliminary seven-month internal investigation, was a “systemic problem going on for years,” said FEMA Administrator William “Brock” Long. Some of the behavior could rise to the level of criminal activity, he said.

Some of the claims about the agency’s former personnel chief are detailed in a written executive summary of the investigation provided to The Washington Post. FEMA officials provided other details and confirmed that the individual under investigation, whose name was redacted from the report, is Corey Coleman, who led the personnel department from 2011 until his resignation in June.

Coleman could not immediately be reached for comment, and no one answered the door at his Northeast Washington home when a Washington Post reporter visited Monday. Coleman resigned June 18, before a scheduled interview with investigators, and FEMA officials said they have not been able to question him since.

Online records show Coleman was a senior executive who was paid an annual salary of $177,150.

In an interview, Long described a “toxic” environment in the human resources department Coleman had led at FEMA headquarters, hiring dozens of men who were friends and college fraternity brothers and women he met at bars and on online dating sites — then promoting them to roles throughout the agency without going through proper federal hiring channels.

Coleman then transferred some of the women in and out of departments, some to regional offices, so his friends could try to have sexual relationships with them, according to statements and interviews with employees, said a FEMA official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

“What we uncovered was a systemic problem going back years,” Long said. He said he has referred several of the cases to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, who oversees FEMA, to investigate possible criminal sexual assault.

“The biggest problem I may solve here may be the eradication of this cancer,” Long said. “How many complaints were not heard? I’ve got to make sure we have a safe working environment for our employees.”

Long said the problems extend beyond Coleman. The investigation is “not going to stop with him,” he said.

The misconduct went back as far as 2015, said Long, who received a direct complaint from an employee, who said Coleman sexually harassed her, and forwarded it to the general counsel’s office, which started the internal investigation.

FEMA officials said the inspector general’s office had received complaints about Coleman before Long’s arrival and referred them back to the agency to investigate.
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, July 31, 2018 1:30:45 PM(UTC)
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Sounds like an Agency I used to work at. The Acting Personnel Manager was doing the same thing. He used to get the Supervisor of the person he was interested in to call them in on Overtime, like on a Saturday, then he would show up and make his moves. Invited them to lunch sometimes to take it further. Everyone knew about him. Finally, he was recalled back to his home office where he tried his routine on a married HR Specialist whom he fancied. She went ballistic, called everyone she knew (including Congresspeople), filed complaints, and finally, something was done. He was "encouraged" to retire, and he did. This other Agency was rife with that type of harassment. The previous incident is only one of many I could tell.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, August 23, 2018 9:26:59 PM(UTC)
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Why encourage to retire or resign, they should people fire like that. They are getting away murder. If that was a GS-5/7 employee, it would be showing terminated not resigned on SF-50.
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