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Watchdog Says USGS Chief Retaliated Against Whistleblower

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable.

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable.

The head of the U.S. Geological Survey violated federal whistleblowerprotection laws by reassigning an employee who lodged an official complaint against him, the Interior Departments inspector general office said Thursday.

WASHINGTON: The head of the U.S. Geological Survey violated federal whistleblower-protection laws by reassigning an employee who lodged an official complaint against him, the Interior Departments inspector general office said Thursday.

After the whistleblower lodged the complaint, Geological Survey chief James F. Reilly told other staffers the employee was evil and asked to know about any other whistleblowers so he could move them, the inspector generals office found in a report.

Interior Department spokesman Nicholas Goodwin disputed the findings, calling the report wrong in its legal and factual conclusions. The employee, who was not identified in the report, had asked previously for reassignment and suffered no cut in pay or civil-service grade level, Goodwin said.

Federal law prohibits retaliation against government employees who lodge official complaints of wrongdoing.

President Donald Trump nominated Reilly, a geologist and former astronaut, to lead the Geological Survey in 2018.

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