In 2016 @USMSPB explained the nepotism law was enacted to protect "the public from the risk that less-qualified individuals would be given positions of responsibility" & "to instill confidence in the American people that their civil service is not corrupt" https://www.mspb.gov/mspbsearch/viewdocs.aspx?docnumber=1315054&version=1320272&application=ACROBAT …
.@USMSPB also gives examples of Feds who were fired for nepotism, noting "These cases illustrate how seriously the Government takes allegations of nepotism and the degree to which a single instance of bad judgment can severely damage or end a career." Maybe DOJ missed this memo.
In the report, MSPB notes that its sister agency, OSC, has said that even helping someone commit nepotism can be against the rules. MSPB adds "It is also unethical." Oh, for the good old days when people understood this.
In 2016, @USMSPB warned that "There may be something inherent in higher-level positions that increases the risk of nepotism as the rank of the position increases."
This line now seems hilariously accurate: "Officials who desire that their organizations run efficiently and effectively should take steps to ensure that nepotism does not occur."
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