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The department also has faced persistent complaints of racism and discrimination in its own hiring, and government audits going back two decades have found that complaints often sit for years without attention. The Government Accountability Office, an independent federal watchdog, reported in 2008, for example, that the department was still issuing misleading reports about discrimination and still didn’t have a firm handle on how many complaints were outstanding or how they were resolved.
The auditors said their findings raised questions about whether the department took the issue seriously.
Vilsack and his boss — Obama — say they do,