The FBI’s deputy director has violated policy by not disclosing the relationship with the junior employee
According to a scathing report from the Justice Department watchdog, an FBI assistant director violated agency policy by not disclosing her relationship with a junior employee and “disrupting the workplace.”
Jill C. Tyson, who has been the deputy director of the Office of Congressional Affairs since February 2019 and reportedly has a close working relationship with FBI Director Chris Wray, was also involved in a hiring decision for the underling.
Tyson was only identified as an assistant director in the report, but multiple sources named her as the subject of the report Washington Post.
The junior employee’s identity has not been released, but sources said they were transferred to another role at the FBI after their relationship came to light.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released the report Thursday — a week after the FBI also came under fire for handling sexual abuse allegations against former US national gymnastics team doctor Larry. nassar.
An FBI Assistant Director Jill C. Tyson (pictured) has violated agency policy by not disclosing her relationship with a junior employee and allowing it to “disrupt the workplace,” according to a damning report from the agency’s watchdog. Department of Justice
The investigation into Tyson began more than a year ago when the DOJ’s inspector general received information from the FBI’s Inspection Department alleging that the senior official had an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.
The investigation found that she was “in a romantic relationship with a subordinate and failed to report the relationship in a timely manner.”
Horowitz said this was a violation of policy and amounted to misconduct.
Tyson also violated policy by letting the relationship affect the work environment, he found.
She “allowed the relationship to negatively affect an appropriate and professional relationship between superior and subordinate and interfere with the workplace through the ability of other FBI employees to complete their jobs,” the report said.
Tyson “also participated in a hiring or organizational decision involving the subordinate, all in violation of FBI policy.”
There’s no suggestion Tyson harassed or assaulted the junior staffer and it’s unclear if the couple are still in a relationship.
The findings have been handed over to the FBI and DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility for appropriate action, which will now decide what action, if any, should be taken.
Tyson has been the Assistant Director of the Office of Congressional Affairs since February 2019 and is said to have a close working relationship with FBI Director Chris Wray (pictured during a March Senate hearing on the Capitol riots)
Tyson, who was asked for comment by the Post, referred questions to the FBI’s news agency, which declined to comment.
A spokeswoman for the inspector general also declined to comment on the outlet.
Tyson is one of the few women in a senior leadership role at the FBI after she was appointed by Wray as assistant director of the Office of Congressional Affairs — about a year after she began serving as acting deputy director.
Sources said that Wray and Tyson have a good relationship and that he likes and trusts Tyson.
In her role, she manages all FBI interactions with Congress and advises the FBI’s executive leadership on congressional matters, including overseeing officials’ responses to congressional oversight and investigations.
This means she has been advising Wray in recent months as he testified before Congress to answer questions about how the FBI handled intelligence in the run-up to the Capitol riot. ‘
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz (above) said Tyson also violated policy by allowing the relationship to affect the work environment
Prior to joining the FBI, Tyson held various positions at the DOJ, including as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legislative Affairs, chief public information officer at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and as a U.S. special assistant attorney for prosecuting criminal cases in Washington DC.
She also previously worked on Capitol Hill for a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Law enforcement sources told the Post that the report on Tyson comes as a blow to the FBI at a time when it faces increased oversight on several issues.
Just last week, the inspector general released a damning report on the agency’s 14-month failure to properly investigate Nassar.
The watchdog found that two FBI field offices in Indianapolis and Detroit did not take the initial allegations seriously when they were first leveled.
Just last week, the inspector general released a damning report on the agency’s 14-month failure to properly treat Larry Nassar. The former USA Gymnastics team doctor is seen at his 2018 conviction
Victims of Nassar are seen at the sentencing hearing. The watchdog found that two FBI field offices in Indianapolis and Detroit did not take the initial allegations seriously when they were first leveled
William Jay Abbott, the former special agent in charge of the agency’s field office in Indianapolis, was warned in the summer of 2015 about Nassar’s sickening abuse of young athletes.
The report found that Abbott ignored the allegations and failed to alert Michigan State University authorities.
It is estimated that Nassar was able to abuse another 70 to 120 victims in the 13 months after the complaint was filed, before a separate complaint was filed with the university police in August 2016.
Nassar was charged with federal child pornography and sexual abuse in Michigan.
He has now been in prison for decades after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment when he worked for Michigan State and Indiana-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.