[Secretary and Mrs. Pompeo] OIG found evidence of over 100 requests to Department employees that are inconsistent with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch or raised questions about the proper use of Department resources. — Office of Inspector General for the Department of State (OIG)
[Secretary and Mrs. Pompeo] OIG found evidence of over 100 requests to Department employees that are inconsistent with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch or raised questions about the proper use of Department resources. — Office of Inspector General for the Department of State (OIG)
Pompeo violated ethics rules by asking staff to carry out personal tasks, watchdog finds
The Department's Office of Inspector General "found that both Secretary and Mrs. Pompeo requested that the political appointee and other employees in the Office of the Secretary undertake work of a personal nature, such as picking up personal items, planning events unrelated to the Department's mission, and conducting such personal business as pet care and mailing personal Christmas cards," according to the report. "OIG found that such requests were inconsistent with Department ethics rules and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch."

The report, which was published Friday, also noted that the Pompeos directed one of their employees to use State Department funds "to purchase items, such as gold nut bowls, for when the Pompeos visited the homes of friends or attended dinners held in their honor by private U.S. citizens."

The release of the report comes as Pompeo has given strong signals he may be planning to run for president in 2024. The former top US diplomat recently traveled to Iowa and joined Fox News as a contributor.

According to the report, the watchdog "found evidence of over 100 requests to Department employees that are inconsistent with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch or raised questions about the proper use of Department resources."

... The watchdog "identified at least 30 instances when the Secretary or Mrs. Pompeo tasked (Office of the Secretary) employees with making restaurant reservations for personal lunches and dinners with Pompeo family members or friends."


... The OIG made three recommendations in the report -- that the department's legal adviser "update its guidance to the Office of the Secretary to include guidance on the use of Department funds to pay for gifts to U.S. citizens and the use of Department employees to arrange personal dinners and entertainment;" that the Bureau of Diplomatic Security update its handbook with guidance on "appropriate and inappropriate requests" and how agents should respond to inappropriate requests; and "that the Under Secretary for Management draft and publish guidance on the use of a subordinate's time for tasks of a personal nature, including direction concerning what to do and who to contact when a Department employee is tasked with an inappropriate request."

"The Department concurred with all three recommendations," the report said.
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