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Omnibus Funds ‘Permanent Extended Coffee Break’ for Dozens of DOJ Employees

After the Court's Shelby decision, dozens of DOJ lawyers have nothing to do. But not one has been laid off.

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J. Christian Adams

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January 14, 2014 - 7:35 am

Hans von Spakovsky has the inside scoop of the new omnibus spending bill. Most notably, the new bill funds the government jobs of dozens Department of Justice employees who no longer have any work to do after the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Von Spakovsky writes:

Of course, the other thing needed with the Civil Rights Division is a cutback in its budget, which has grown considerably, and gives Eric Holder the resources to file numerous suits challenging common sense voter ID, immigration, and other state laws he does not like. There are also at least two dozen lawyers and support staff in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division who have seemingly had nothing to do since the U.S. Supreme Court declared the coverage formula for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional in June 2013. These DOJ personnel who worked on Section 5 matters are now on a permanent, extended coffee break – yet not a single one of them has been laid off. This is an enormous waste of taxpayer funds that should have been eliminated by Congress.

Permanent extended coffee break?  Indeed.

Inside the Justice Department Civil Rights Division Voting Section, almost three dozen federal jobs were rendered irrelevant after the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder.  Sources report that after the decision, the employees have done next to nothing, or taken “extended coffee breaks” as von Spakovsky reports.  Here are the federal employees von Spakovsky is referring to, and salaries from public records searches provided to PJ Media.

Berman, Robert; Deputy Chief, Section 5, $155,500
Bashir-Boulghassoul, Lema; Trial Attorney, Section 5, $136,134
Falwell, Marie; Equal Opportunity Assistant, Section 5, $56,791
Greene, Judybeth; Trial Attorney, Section 5, $155,500
Grigsby, Kevin; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $64,548
Gyamfi, Stephanie, Lead Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $97,936
Hamilton-Hill, Sandra, Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $81,204
Harrison, Martin; Legal Technician (File Librarian), Section 5, $54,534
Hyatt, Joi; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $70,794
Johnson, Phyllis; Case Management Specialist, Section 5, $65,343
Jones, Nadine; Legal Technician (Classifier), Section 5, $68,230
Kim, Elizabeth, Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $64,548
King, Ryan, Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $62,467
Le, Tran-Chau, Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $70,794
Lowell, Robert; Attorney Reviewer, Section 5, $155,500
Murray, Joseph, Lead Civil Rights Attorney (Trainer), Section 5, $97,936
Payne, Autumn; Lead Civil Rights Attorney, Section 5, $94,969
Powers, John; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $79,864
Reed, Judith; Trial Attorney, Section 5, $155,500
Rich, James Eric; Trial Attorney, Section 5, $152,635
Riggins, Jesmond; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $62,467
Riordan, Maureen; Trial Attorney, Section 5, $155,500
Robinson, Pamela; Secretary, Section 5, $52,061
Schaffer, Tracy; Lead Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $94,969
Soo-Tim, Tiffani; Secretary, Section 5, $ 43,616
Stafford, Suzanne; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, (mostly works on FOIA), $92,341
Stephens, Jennifer; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $62,467
Thorpe, Nicole; Supervisory Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $119,238
Travett, Rosita; Legal Technician, Section 5, $60,765
Wake, Brittany; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $62,467

Update: an amendment to the Omnibus spending bill has been introduced to eliminate these positions. A floor speech on the House Floor is expected around 7:30 p.m.

J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His New York Times bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery).  His website is www.electionlawcenter.com. Follow him on Twitter @electionlawctr.

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I'm with Charlie Martin on this. The salaries of bureaucrats are as nothing to the harm they cause by meddling in our public and private business.

My plan for eliminating a federal agency would include guaranteed salary, benefits, and promotions-in-grade for life to all the employees of the agency if they contracted never to work for any government, at any level, again.

Their salaries are the least of our problems; it's what they do that ruins things for the rest of us.
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Editorial question on the first paragraph:
Did the Supreme Court strike down Section 4 or Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act?
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I spent 8 months as a contractor at one agency with no work assigned. Early in my career as a contractor, one of the departments which I supported was one which had no duties - 8 guys making $100k a year and all they had to do was show up and fill out their time sheets. It was less of a bother to that organization to pay them to do nothing than to struggle through the process of firing them for incompetence or laziness. I've known minorities who were Federal employees who 'beat the rap' on getting fired and did nothing from that point onward because they effectively had 'immunity'.

Firing an incompetent or lazy worker is lots of paperwork. A deliberately lazy worker can derail months of effort by the manager simply by doing passable work for a short period before returning to their useless habits. Managers lose interest in spending hundreds of hours getting rid of one worthless person. The managers generally actually want to do their jobs, so they get tired of hounding those slackers and simply put up with it.

At one contracting position even the temps who worked as secretaries (for years) were lazy and knew they couldn't get fired because the attitude was ingrained in the culture.

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Another vote for Charlie here. After reading Adams' articles on all those new hires and how utterly impossible it will be to rid us of them a career-long coffee break is pocket change in relation to the ongoing damage they will do.

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They stay on the payroll so their numbers aren't added to all those without jobs in the private sector. Pathetic management and even worse 'direction' for our Republic. The government NEVER feels the pains they inflict on others. WHY is that?
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I'm with Charlie Martin on this. The salaries of bureaucrats are as nothing to the harm they cause by meddling in our public and private business.

My plan for eliminating a federal agency would include guaranteed salary, benefits, and promotions-in-grade for life to all the employees of the agency if they contracted never to work for any government, at any level, again.

Their salaries are the least of our problems; it's what they do that ruins things for the rest of us.
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