Bucks stop in Congress

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

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,

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