The Interior Department didn’t document a plan, cost estimate or reasoning to offer reassignments to 35 members of the Senior Executive Service, the agency’s inspector general said.
According to new documents from the Interior Department, 33 senior executives received reassignment notifications back in June. Of the 33, 10 received requests for a geographic reassignment.
An Interior senior executive is suing his former employer for documents related to the reassignments of 30-to-50 SES members.
After being reassigned by Secretary Ryan Zinke, Joel Clement claimed it was retaliation for statements about climate change.
A group of lawyers is encouraging the Office of Special Counsel to take special notice of the senior executive reassignments at the Interior Department, out of fear they could have dangerous implications for the future of the civil service.
Senior executives at the Interior Department say recent reassignments have demoralized the SES corps and agency leadership has done little to involve them in planning for a coming reorganization.