Acting ATF Director Threatens Employees with Punishment for Exercising the Right to Report Wrongdoing Outside the Chain of Command
“Choices and consequences simply means that, as an employee of [the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives], should you decide not to abide by the standards of conduct or the rules of the road, should you decide that you’re not going to play by the rules, there will be consequences. . . . Choices and consequences means simply that if you make poor choices, that if you don’t abide by the rules, that if you don’t respect the chain of command, if you don’t find the appropriate way to raise your concerns to your leadership, there will be consequences, because we cannot tolerate, we cannot tolerate an undisciplined organization.”
Of course, he doesn’t tell his employees they have the right to go outside the chain of command. And they do. His name is B. Todd Jones. He’s the Acting ATF Director. He should not be in that capacity, Acting or otherwise.
“[National Whistleblowers Center Executive Director Stephen Kohn] said Jones’ specific use of words in the context of the video clearly misleads workers into believing they legally can’t go to Congress, outside inspectors general and the Office of Special Counsel to report wrongdoing.”
“’There are many cases that say whistleblowers can ignore the chain of command. In fact, under the Whistleblower Protection Act, you may lose protection if you only report to your first line supervisor, and going outside chain is a way to get protection,” Kohn said. “Also, the WPA says that ‘any disclosure’ is protected, not just disclosures made in the ‘appropriate way.’”
For what it’s worth, I sent Jones an email, as a private citizen, asking him to resign. I urge you to do the same: email@example.com.