WASHINGTON – A management consultant and former Army inspector general told investigators that the onetime head of an office tasked with protecting the rights of federal workers said he intended to open a branch in Detroit and “ship out” homosexual workers he saw as hurting the agency, according to a report released this week.
The report found that the reassignments ordered during the tenure of Scott Bloch – head of the Office of Special Counsel under President George W. Bush from 2004 to 2008 – could not be defended as “a legislative business purpose of the agency” and that they appeared “designed to … target the removal of certain employees.”
Bloch, reached for comment Friday, denied the report’s conclusion, defended the opening of the Detroit office and said the conversation reported by the consultant – former Army Lt. Gen. Richard Trefry – didn’t occur.
“He’s certainly not remembering anything correctly,” said Bloch. “It just didn’t happen.”