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By Barnini Chakraborty

Published April 25, 2013

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WASHINGTON – An independent government watchdog agency is investigating allegations that President Obama's nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives retaliated against employees for whistle-blowing, FoxNews.com has learned.

The allegations against B. Todd Jones, a Minnesota federal prosecutor who also is serving as acting director of the ATF while his nomination is pending, include claims that he mismanaged the prosecutor's office and presided over a "climate of fear." Specifically, he was accused of retaliating against whistle-blowing with "a suspension and a lowered performance appraisal."

In a letter dated July 20, 2012 to the Office of Special Counsel, employees at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota first claimed that they were being mistreated and that the office had turned into a "hostile work environment."

The letter, obtained by FoxNews.com, said Jones "instituted a climate of fear, has pushed employees out of the office, dismissed employees wrongly, violated the hiring practices of the EEOC and put in place an Orwellian style of management that continues to polarize the office."

A complaint alleged that the Respondent (U.S. Dept. of Air Force) violated §§ 7116(a)(1) and (8) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute) by conducting a formal discussion with a bargaining unit employee concerning the mediation of a formal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint without affording the Union notice and an opportunity to be represented pursuant to § 7114(a)(2) of the Statute. The Judge concluded that the Air Force violated the Statute as alleged.

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Welcome to the new section of the National Border Patrol Council's website - The Real Border Wars. We hope you have taken the time to read the information that has been published to our website since the fiasco, formerly referred to as the CBP sequester, began several months ago.

Due to some false statements being made about the NBPC's current position, and inaccurate directives being issued at a few locations in the Border Patrol, the NBPC decided it was time to publish a series of articles. The initial articles will be intended to: dispel some rumors about the NBPC; clarify the official NBPC position; issue guidance to our members on what the Agency cannot do and what agents can do; and discuss the history and present some plausible theories as to why Border Patrol agents are repeatedly the target of disparate cuts proposed in CBP.

Article 33 E Step I - Informal grievances must be filed within thirty calendar days after the incident occurs. This time limit will not apply where it is established that the employee had no way of being aware of the incident.

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