Posted November 01, 2019 09:36:28A federal agency is asking for help in investigating a Facebook user who has allegedly been harassing employees at the Department of Homeland Security for months.
A letter from the Office of Personnel Management to the department’s regional office in San Diego, California, says the federal government can’t conduct a criminal investigation because the alleged harassment “has not been proven to have occurred.”
It was first reported by The Hill on Wednesday.
The letter says the alleged behavior is an “ongoing and significant threat to the integrity of the Federal Government.”
It says the threat of the harassment “continues to increase” as the department deals with the opioid crisis and “is a significant risk to the safety and security of our employees and visitors.”
In addition to the alleged harassing behavior, the OPM letter also says the department “is concerned by the increased use of social media by employees and is working closely with the Department’s Office of Technology Policy, the Office for Civil Rights and the Office to Prevent Cyberhacking to address the increased threat.”
The agency said the department has taken steps to address harassment but that “no immediate changes are being made to our policies, procedures or practices.”
“The department will continue to work closely with our local partners to identify and remove threats to our employees’ safety and the safety of the communities they serve,” the OMP letter said.
The OPM has asked for a briefing on the matter and to send a copy of the letter to each affected office.
The office declined to comment on the letter, saying the department had not yet received the letter.
The Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department in the Senate have all said they’re taking the matter seriously and are working to ensure that it does not happen again.
The Hill’s Josh Rogin contributed to this report.