NRC Inspector General Backs Jaczko Bullying Allegations

The inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has confirmed a number of allegations of abusive behavior by outgoing chairman Gregory Jaczko.

The Associated Press reported that it obtained a copy of the inspector general's report Tuesday, and that it outlined 15 times when Jaczko's behavior was perceived as intimidating or bullying by NRC employees and commissioners. The report also alleged that statements taken by the inspector general were inconsistent with Jaczko's testimony in recent congressional hearings.

NRCWhile Jaczko has not faced a formal rebuke by the agency or any legal action, the inspector general's report caps months of public allegations directed at the chairman, including by four of his fellow commissioners. For his part, Jaczko has consistently denied the allegations. In late May, he announced he would resign.
   
“I have felt confident all along that my actions have been consistent with my responsibilities and authorities as chairman, and certainly that there was no wrongdoing. This report underscores my belief,” Jaczko said in a statement posted on the NRC's website Tuesday. “I am particularly proud that the NRC consistently has been rated as one of the best places to work in the federal government during my tenure as chairman.”

Jaczko has served on the commission since 2005 and was appointed chairman in 2009. Allison Macfarlane, currently an associate professor at George Mason University and a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, has been appointed to replace him.

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  • I'm surprised that the IG only found 15 instances of bullying.

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    Anonymous

    they only asked his friends. . .

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    Anonymous

    I guess one may always refer to this slight investigation for what it Really is,  The Tip of the Iceberg.

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    Anonymous

    I have a comment about being "the best place to work".  Sometimes it may be false.  I worked at a hospital where they had a company do a survey to tell that our hospital was one of the best places to work.  The survey had a lot of specific questions that were supposed to be the truth.  Our "team leader" told us in a an email how to answer the questions so we would be one of the "best places".  When I told her I thought that was not the American way and not telling the truth, she said "Then don't fill it out!  Can't you be part of a team?! (our hospital) is a great place to work"!  She was one of the ones who were mean too.  If Mr. Jazko told something like that to his employees they might have filled out a survey the same way so he could later brag about it.  It sounds like he was just generally an obnoxious person.

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    Anonymous

    The opening statement of the article speaks volumes:

    "The inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has confirmed a number of allegations of abusive behavior by outgoing chairman Gregory Jaczko."

    No further comment necessary ...

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    Anonymous

    The headline on LinkedIn is misleading.  It says:  "NRC Inspector General Backs Jaczko."  By leaving out the words "Bullying Allegations,"  the entire intent is missed for anyone who does not click on the link.