DSS Employees Face Growing Reprisal and Abuse
I have been informed by several people that the Defense Security Service is continuing to assign employees to remote locations and load them down with way too much work to complete in the time allotted for the temporary duty assignment location. Federal workers have been expected to put in full days of inspections, and then spend many hours each night working on the paperwork and reports. Pressure is put on them to work these unpaid overtime hours, though no overtime pay is offered or requests for same accepted. Employees are being threatened or intimidated by insinuation of ratings of unsatisfactory by managers if they will not shut up and do this.
This is called “Forced Overtime” and is illegal. To demand your employees work hours beyond their scheduled paid work day, or 40 hour work week without pay, is wrong. We have labor laws to protect workers from that. Obviously some managers and agency directors must think they are above the law.
The other problem, I am told in the case of DSS by my beltway sources, is that they are using taxpayer dollars in an imprudent manner. DSS managers are sending people from various offices around to other offices to do remote work there. By example, if some employees in a Virginia office are pulled out and sent to a California office to one of the offices there, and at the same time some employees are sent from that California office to that same Virginia office, there is only a trade of location of personnel.
The effective difference is when sent on these forced TDY’s the employees are told they must fly out Sunday or Monday early, do all of the work tasked at the remote assignment site, including reports, and must have everything completed before they will be allowed to get on a plane to go home Friday night. (I guess if your employees are working at their home office where they live, it is not so easy to demand all of this unpaid overtime, as people can just go home at the end of their work day in their own cars, and don’t have to rely on government paid airplane tickets, or deal with threats about leaving before they’ve done all the unpaid overtime.
This kind of demand seems to be being made most heavily on already understaffed and overworked offices. Those that can least afford to have time pulled away from their already overwhelming workload are the most heavily hit. One theory is that this is being done intentionally as retribution toward a whole office and its employees, and a lot of the frenzy is the use of smoke and mirrors to try to cover up how some people and offices are being targeted. If this is happening to you, please let me know.
Also, I know many of you are being terrorized and are afraid to stand up. I would suggest that at this time you NOT send in a hotline report to the DSS (Defense Security Service) IG hotline. Please contact the overall DoD IG and if you are complaining about abuse of employees or harassment and retaliation, contact the Reprisal Office that handles Title V employee reprisal issues. Other things you may wish to report may be reported also, but if they are criminal in nature, cannot be handled by the Reprisal office. They will probably forward them to the appropriate officials if asked to do so by you.
I don’t know all of the details. I really would like to know why this is happening and if it is happening everywhere in DSS. I would also like to know if it is happening in other DoD agencies or even agencies outside of DoD.
If you have any clarity on this issue, please comment. It seems that this agency in particular, (DSS), is committing major waste, fraud and abuse, if all of this is going on. Especially in today’s economic mess, taxpayers do not need certain government agency directors and managers wasting more of the taxpayer’s money.
If there is anyone in the IG’s or Justice Department still actually doing their job it should be stopped now! If you can, please get in your two cents worth. Thanks, GFS