FEDERAL DIARY | Ed Pratt, 80, has been with the Bureau of Labor Statistics for six decades and still loves his work. Pratt, who helps process data on the prices of the many items collected by about 400 people from stores across the nation, is proud of his work with the CPI.
Feds who take the Fifth Amendment about the public’s business undermine the public’s confidence. By asserting her right, Lois Lerner undermined the credibility of her employer, the IRS, an agency whose reputation has been beaten bloody by the scandal over the targeting of conservative organizations.
When a federal employee refuses to answer questions about the public's business, it clashes with the public's expectations.
Black Capitol police officers protested workplace bias while pursuing a 12-year-old lawsuit. Planners of the event expected it to draw 50-200 people, but fewer than a dozen people participated.
House hearing may reveal more information about who is to blame. Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the Internal Revenue Service, is at the center of the IRS scandal about targeting conservative organizations for extra scrutiny. She’s scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.