This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
The Dog Whisperer could probably teach the federal General Services Administration something about how to discourage bad behavior. Top of the list: Don’t reward it.
Translated into manager-speak: Don’t give bonuses to people being investigated for misconduct.
But that’s just what happened at the GSA, the agency that oversees the business of the federal government. It gave more than $1 million in bonuses over the last four years to at least 84 employees who were under investigation at the time for misconduct.
For instance, a supervisor got $20,000 in bonuses even as he was being reprimanded for obstructing an inspector general inquiry. Another employee, who had been reassigned for abuse of authority, still received annual bonuses of nearly $8,000 for five years.
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