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Subcommittees Reviewed Findings of 18-Month Investigation into Coast Guard’s Handling of Harassment, Bullying, and Retaliation Allegations

Dec 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Dec. 12, 2019)—Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Rep. Lou Correa, the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, held a joint hearing to examine the results of an investigation into how the Coast Guard is handling complaints of harassment and bullying.  Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released a joint staff report culminating the findings of the 18-month-long investigation.

TAKEAWAYS

  • The Committees’ joint investigation found that Coast Guard leadership failed to address harassment, bullying, and retaliation and hold senior officials accountable.
     
  • Lieutenant Commander Kimberly C. Young-McLear, Ph.D testified about the repeated failure of Coast Guard leadership to conduct prompt, thorough, or impartial investigations of her allegations of harassment and bullying as well as the retaliation she endured for raising such allegations.
     
  • The Committee discussed how Coast Guard leadership must implement reforms to address harassment and bullying allegations.
     
  • Vice Admiral Michael F. McAllister referred to the current processes as “minimally acceptable,” and stated that all the recommendations outlined in the joint staff report, “sound reasonable” and that he agreed with them “in concept.”
     
  • Jackson Eaton of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General announced that the Inspector General’s office is reviewing how the Coast Guard handled race-based harassment allegations from 2013 to 2018.
     
  • Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, refused the Committees’ invitation to testify.  
     
  • Chairwoman Maloney and Chairman Thompson sent a letter to the Commandant expressing concern that his refusal to testify continues a pattern of obstruction to the investigation and  reinforces  concerns that Coast Guard leadership does not fully appreciate the gravity of what has occurred.

WITNESSES

Admiral Karl L. Schultz (declined to attend)
Commandant
United States Coast Guard 

Vice Admiral Michael F. McAllister (minority witness)
Deputy Commandant for Mission Support
United States Coast Guard 

Lt. Cmdr. Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D.
Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff
United States Coast Guard Academy 

Mr. Jackson Eaton
Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Special Reviews and Evaluations
Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General

VIDEOS 

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Click here to watch Subcommittee Chair Raskin’s opening statement. 

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Click here to watch Chairwoman Maloney’s opening statement.  

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Click here to watch Subcommittee Chairman Correa’s question line.  

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Click here to watch Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s question line.  

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Click here to watch Rep. Watson Coleman’s question line. 

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Click here to watch Rep. Kelly’s question line.   

116th Congress