Investigation finds abuse, law-breaking, no retaliation at Madison Social Security office

MADISON, Wis. – Managers at a scandal-plagued Social Security Administration office committed time and attendance abuses, engaged in questionable hiring practices, and failed to provide proper oversight, according to a federal investigative report obtained by Wisconsin Watchdog.

SSA’s Office of the Inspector General “fact sheet” states the law was broken at the Madison Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and that managers held whistleblowers to significantly stricter standards than other staff.

Yet, the lengthy investigation seems to have found no acts of retaliation committed against the ODAR employees who brought widespread allegations of corruption – including fraud, nepotism, harassment and retaliation – to light.

“Most of the issues with the Madison HO (Hearing Office) identified through this investigation were attributable to poor management, inconsistent application of agency policies and lack of critical management oversight,” the report states.

But the problems go beyond “poor management” and lax oversight.

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