According to the June 28 federal discrimination complaint by Bush -- for
15 years a HUD public information officer serving the western United
States -- his supervisor:
"had instructed him not toBush,
implement the Open Government Act of 2007 in the handling of Freedom of
Information Act requests, not to implement a presidential executive
order regarding open government and the Freedom of Information Act, and
to disregard the confidentiality assurances provided in writing by the
deputy secretary to all potential subscribers to HUD mail lists that
their information would not be collected or used inside or outside HUD."
who has clubbed feet making it difficult for him to walk, also alleged
that his supervisor, Caroline Krewson, discriminated against him by
failing to accommodate his disability. A call to HUD's main San
Francisco number was routed to the agency's spokesman: Larry Bush. He had no
comment, and his attorney did not return a message by press time.
Krewson last made news in San Francisco in 2005, when she challenged the attempt of U.S. Attorney's office to terminate her.*
In a 2005 article in the San Francisco legal newspaper The Recorder, ace journalist Justin Scheck wrote:
Among other charges, Krewson was accused of: pointing out to others inUpdate, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6:
the office that [the office's top administrative lawyer] had no management experience; saying at a
meeting that her superiors were depriving her of her authority and that
all the administrative staff were "twisted up like pretzels to get along
with executive management;" and telling someone outside the office that
she was being subjected to a hostile work environment.
I transferred to another agency to a job I was selected for and not one arranged by the Department of Justice. I request that you withdraw the article as I anticipate harm to me for future positions.We responded to Krewson midday Friday with a request that she explain to us what the numerous articles at the time that referred to her firing got wrong.
I did receive a decision terminating me from DOJ but the effective date of the termination was extended, which provided the necessary time to transfer me to the other agency without a break in service. I found the new position on my own and not as the result of any arrangement by DOJ. I did not comment on the Recorder article because we were in settlement discussions and I did not want to upset that process (the case did settle in November 2006). I cannot say more about the case other than to clarify that I was not fired. Ironically, my "firing" was a non-event until I went to OSC and they chose to start an investigation. The recent coverage, however, loses sight of that fact that I was whistleblower and focuses instead on my "firing."