The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) initiated this investigation upon receipt of information alleging a GS-15 Program Analyst formerly employed within HUD’s Office of the Chief Information Officer may have provided nonpublic HUD information to representatives of a private firm.
The OIG’s investigation found that the employee provided a HUD Budget Portfolio document not authorized for public release and marked “Unclassified/For Official Use Only” to a senior official of a private firm by email. We found this disclosure violated 5 C.F.R. §§ 2635.702 and 2635.703, which prohibit the use of public office and nonpublic information for private gain or interest.
The OIG referred these findings to the appropriate U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecutorial consideration and no prosecution resulted. The OIG also referred its findings in this matter to HUD for any administrative action it deems appropriate.