Pentagon Building Security Chief Accused of Abusing Authority

The Pentagon is seen from the air over Washington, DC on August 25, 2013.
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Charles S. Clark, Government Executive
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Charles S. Clark, Government Executive
Nov. 4, 2013, 11:37 a.m.

The chief pro­tect­or of De­fense De­part­ment fa­cil­it­ies in the Wash­ing­ton area ab­used his au­thor­ity and some of his sub­or­din­ates by tak­ing im­prop­er ad­vant­age of the agency fir­ing range, golf tour­na­ments and meal ser­vice and by grant­ing an un­mer­ited pro­mo­tion, ac­cord­ing to an in­spect­or gen­er­al re­port made pub­lic on Monday.

Steven Cal­very, a vet­er­an of the Army, Secret Ser­vice and sev­er­al de­part­ments who be­came dir­ect­or of the Pentagon Force Pro­tec­tion Agency in 2006, came un­der heavy cri­ti­cism in the IG re­port com­pleted last Feb­ru­ary but only re­leased this week with ample ma­ter­i­al re­dac­ted.

Aud­it­ors, who were tipped off by two an­onym­ous hot­line com­plaints from the Force Pro­tec­tion Agency, found that Cal­very vi­ol­ated the Joint Eth­ics Reg­u­la­tion by provid­ing non-agency em­ploy­ees with ac­cess to the agency fir­ing range, weapons and two in­struct­ors; by re­quir­ing sub­or­din­ates to bring him lunch and cof­fee (though Cal­very paid for the food him­self); and by giv­ing em­ploy­ees leave for golf tour­na­ments in 2009 and 2010. He fur­ther ab­used his au­thor­ity, the re­port found, by giv­ing a pro­mo­tion “based on their re­la­tion­ship rather than the sub­or­din­ate’s ex­per­i­ence or scope of re­spons­ib­il­it­ies,” which in turn denied the op­por­tun­ity to three oth­er sub­or­din­ates.

The IG re­com­men­ded that the agency re­coup the costs of Cal­very’s ac­tions.

In his re­sponse, Cal­very told in­vest­ig­at­ors he “sought ap­pro­pri­ate guid­ance from his staff and the an­nu­al golf tour­na­ment was a team-build­ing event for [the Pentagon Force Pro­tec­tion Agency] and oth­er part­ner or­gan­iz­a­tions.” He said the leave for the tour­na­ment was giv­en only to four em­ploy­ees, and said he nev­er co­erced his sub­or­din­ates in­to fetch­ing him cof­fee or lunch. He denied that the pro­mo­tion was giv­en for reas­ons oth­er than mer­it.

A Pentagon spokes­man said Cal­very would have no fur­ther com­ment.

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