Policy & Legislation
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How the structure of the FBI’s disciplinary system makes the FBI vulnerable to the corrupt influence of partisan politics on THE FBI's decision-making
The inordinate power vested in the Assistant Director (AD) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) – who is appointed by and reports to the FBI director – reflects a flawed disciplinary system that is ripe for an ill-intentioned, partisan FBI director to co-opt the OPR AD (his direct report) and quietly purge employees unwilling to help advance his or her political interests.
How the FBI’s exclusion from the Civil Service and Reform Act of 1978 made the agency susceptible to being co-opted for political purposes
The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA 1978) denied Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employees the right to form strong employee associations and bargain collectively, including for equitable personnel practices. The act also permitted the FBI to create personnel systems that were not subject to meaningful checks and balances, such as those inherent in an appellate process independent of the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ). Without checks and balances, these systems can be co-opted by an ill-intentioned, partisan FBI director to further his or her party’s political goals.