You can’t make this stuff up (Washington Examiner):
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials appear to be taking the unusual step of seeking to negate a critical employment report issued last spring and counter it with a new investigation.
The earlier review by an independent investigator hired by CFPB found bureau managers had created a “toxic workplace” environment for its employees.
However, CFPB officials have decided to re-examine the earlier probe by hiring Hollowell, Foster and Herring, an Atlanta law firm with longstanding Democratic ties.
The new law firm specializes in defending government agencies faced with whistleblower or employee complaints…
Regarding the latter, the CFPB had more than its share:
The atmosphere at the CFPB’s Consumer Response unit, derisively nicknamed “The Plantation” by its African-American workers, already has been highly charged.
A transcript of a March 31 “all hands” meeting, obtained by the Washington Examiner, shows CFPB Consumer Response manager Scott Pluta criticizing employees for giving anonymous testimony to congressional investigators.
In 2013, CFPB employees filed 115 official grievances through its union, the National Treasury Employees Union, according to an NTEU local chapter executive vice president. NTEU officials have said the number is high for an agency with only 1,300 employees.
So instead of addressing any of this, the agency has decided to take the whitewash route.
Normally, something like this would get Congress to rethink the agency’s funding levels. No such luck here; CFPB is funded by the Federal Reserve.
This is what happens when power comes without accountability.