August 23, 2012

This must be how Eric Holder was hired

PJ Tatler notes:

The PJ Tatler has obtained documents from the Justice Department detailing efforts to recruit attorneys and staff who are dwarfs or who have “psychiatric disabilities” or “severe intellectual disabilities.” On May 31, 2012, Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez issued a directive to affirmatively recruit people with these “targeted disabilities.”

This DOJ policy does not merely involve prohibitions against discrimination, but rather the documents reveal deliberate recruitment efforts to hire as attorneys and staff for the Department of Justice people suffering from psychiatric disorders and intellectual disabilities. Moreover, applicants can “self-identify” their disability by means of the “Standard Form 256, Self Identification Disability.”

Those with “targeted disabilities” may be hired through a “non-competitive” appointment. That means they don’t have to endure the regular civil service competition among applicants, but can be plucked from the stack of resumes and hired immediately instead.

According to the documents, those with these “targeted disabilities” may be hired “before the position is advertised” and even “before the position’s closing date.” Moreover, lawyers with psychiatric disabilities and “severe intellectual” disabilities receive a waiver from the requirement that a new DOJ employee have practiced law for one year before being hired.

Considering some of the decisions to come out of the DOJ these past few years, I'd say they have quite of few of these folks already.

The country is in the very best of hands.

Posted by Hube at August 23, 2012 05:14 PM | TrackBack

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I may be nuts - but, maybe they all get hired in time for Eric Holder and Obama to leave, and now you have dozens of "special protected class" folk who can't be fired, but who can be a "cause celebre" if anyone attempts to fire them.

Am I nuts?

Posted by: Steven at August 23, 2012 09:55 PM

No problem. In this economy I would claim to have an anxiety disorder or something similarly difficult to prove. I suspect many of the people hired under this program will not be disabled but as noted will thereafter be protected.

Posted by: Duffy at August 24, 2012 08:26 AM

I have read quite a bit about Assistant AG Thomas Perez, and after so doing, I am convinced that he is mentally ill. Apparently, he wants more of "his people" working at the DOJ.

Posted by: W.R. Chandler at August 24, 2012 11:51 AM