DOJ IG: Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations

Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing Date: April 14, 2015 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

HEARING BACKGROUND:

  • On March 26, 2015, the Depart of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (DOJ OIG) released a report titled, “The Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations by the Department’s Law Enforcement Components.”
  • The DOJ OIG found systemic issues with the handling of sexual misconduct allegations, including allegations not being reported to headquarters, and disciplinary actions that did not adequately address the solicitation of prostitutes in jurisdictions where the conduct is legal or tolerated.
  • Among other things, the report described allegations that Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents engaged in “sex parties” that involved prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Columbia.
  • After the DOJ OIG released its report, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo to DOJ personnel stating that employees are “prohibited from soliciting, procuring, or accepting commercial sex.”
  • Due to a lack of cooperation from the DEA and FBI, the DOJ OIG also noted that relevant information was difficult to obtain during their investigation.

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Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Michael Horowitz Inspector General US Department of Justice Document
Kevin Perkins Associate Deputy Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Document
Michele Leonhart Administrator Drug Enforcement Administration Document

Related Documents

Name Document
Final Report for the OIG's Review of the Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations by the Department of Justice Document
Chairman Chaffetz Opening Statement Document
Attorney General Memo Document
Appendix 11 Document
Leonhart Email on OIG Report March 26 Document
Redacted Emails Single Document