U.S. OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL REACHES DISCIPLINARY ACTION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IN HATCH ACT CASE AGAINST FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF TO D.C. MAYOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/21/05
WASHINGTON -- Today, the U.S. Office
of Special Counsel (OSC) announced the settlement of its Petition for
Disciplinary Action filed against Mr. Kelvin Robinson, formerly employed by
the District of Columbia as Chief of Staff to Mayor Anthony Williams. OSC’s
petition, filed with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), charged that
Mr. Robinson, while an employee of the District of Columbia, violated the
Hatch Act during a campaign rally on August 8, 2002, by specifically asking
D.C. employees, many of whom were his subordinates, to volunteer to work on
the Mayor’s re-election campaign. Additionally OSC’s petition charged that,
in or about May 2002, Mr. Robinson, personally and/or through subordinates,
solicited political contributions by asking individuals to purchase tickets
to the Kennedy-King dinner, a political fundraiser for the District of
Columbia Democratic State Committee.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is an independent investigative and prosecutorial agency and operates as a secure channel for disclosures of whistleblower complaints and abuse of authority. Its primary mission is to safeguard the merit system in Federal employment by protecting Federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially retaliation for whistleblowing. OSC also has jurisdiction over the Hatch Act and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). For more information please visit our web site at www.osc.gov or call 1-800-872-9855.