Hundreds of thousands of dollars from American taxpayers were given by the Department of Defense to leftist organizations to pursue a “diversity strategy” for the military, according to a report Thursday issued by the Washington watchdog Judicial Watch
The report cited the conclusions of an inspector general who looked into allegations that Clarence A. Johnson, while serving as principal director of the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity “improperly co-sponsored non-federal entities (NFEs) and created an intimidating, offensive, or hostile working environment.”
Judicial Watch said it found that from August to October 2010, New Concepts Management Solutions, an organization contracted to support its diversity outreach functions, paid $226,000 for co-sponsorships of NFEs as directed by the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity.
Judicial Watch said the director of diversity “violated government rules by distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to controversial leftist groups.”
The report said a total of $301,000 was distributed, but nearly another $450,000 was given to a company, Deloitte, to distribute the funds.
To add “insult to injury,” the report said, the “consulting” firm for the Defense Department “gets nearly half a million dollars … to help distribute the money to groups – even those that don’t qualify – that support the Pentagon’s ‘diversity strategy and program objectives.'”
The recipients included interest organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the American Indian Government Employees, the Asian American Government Executive Network and Minority Access Inc.
“In all, the Pentagon’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODME) gave these and other groups north of $300,000, according to a DOD Inspector General report released this month. These are considered ‘affinity’ groups involved with networking or professional associations that are often race, ethnic background or gender based, according to the report,” said Judicial Watch.
JW reported Johnson was assigned in 2010 to help the Army with a diversity strategy.
“The position came with a hefty budget to support diversity outreach functions and Johnson launched a cash giveaway, filling the coffers of groups that should not have received public funds. In its report the DOD watchdog concludes that Johnson ‘improperly co-sponsored NFEs that he had selected,'” JW reported.
Auditors recommended “corrective action” over the handouts, but the report said it’s “unlikely that Johnson will face any repercussions for his transgressions or, at most, a weak slap on the hand.”
“President Obama has made it his mission to culturally transform government by teaching federal workers about diversity, race and gender, healthcare disparities and cultural competencies. The effort has affected practically every major agency, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS), among others. It’s been a costly initiative for taxpayers. A few months ago a Judicial Watch investigation found that the Obama administration has paid a Chicago-based firm millions of dollars to strengthen the federal workplace with its brand of diversity consulting.”
Judicial Watch noted it appears that Johnson “knew well that he was violating agency rules when he headed the diversity crusade because the report reveals that the DOD Office of Special Counsel has consistently said that the agency should not ‘sponsor’ non-federal entities like the ones Johnson gave money to. In addition to money, Johnson provided these various groups with logistical manpower compliments of Uncle Sam. ”