The USDA paid a $1.9 million compensation package to two former employees of the Information Center of the USPS that helped develop a program to provide online education to people who had been victims of domestic violence, a whistleblower told Newsweek.
The whistleblower, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the pay, said he spoke to USPS officials in April 2017, the week after he left the agency and returned to his home state of Michigan.
He said he was told by USPS spokesperson Elizabeth C. Saldana that the new pay was to help offset the costs of hiring the two former Employees of the Year, which he said would help pay for the program’s development.
He also said he heard that the USPTSS paid $1 million to help cover the cost of the program.
He added that he was asked by USPts Saldanas office to come forward and share his story.
The new compensation package was revealed during an October 2017 hearing in Congress.
The whistleblowers claim that the two Employees of The Year were paid $939,000 each and that the payments were not disclosed.
The former employees were not identified because they were not required to speak to Congress about the matter.
The USPTSS was created by Congress in 2008.
According to the whistleblower, he was notified in August 2018 that the compensation was being paid by the USDA to the former employees.
The two former Employee of The Years were hired to work for the USDA, the whistleblower said.
USPS said it could not comment on specific cases, but said in a statement to Newsweek that the Employees of THEs of The American Association of Retired Persons, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the US Postal Service are all eligible to be paid for the services they provide to our nation’s Veterans.
“We know how important these services are to our Veterans,” the statement read.
“All of these organizations have been part of our work for many years and they are all fully supported by the Department of Agriculture.”
In the same month the whistleblower spoke to Congress, the former Employee, identified as Kevin L. Meeks, was reassigned to a job at the Department’s Public Health and Nutrition Service.
Meeshes was one of five USP employees who received a pay raise in the last fiscal year, according to a public-records request by Newsweek.
Mews was reassessed for a raise of $8,000 to $12,000.
He was reassigned to a lower level of pay of $5,500 to $6,500, according.
According the whistleblower’s claim, Meeks received a total of $25,000 in additional pay for two years, a total that was not disclosed by USSPS.
USP’s compensation policy requires that all USP officials who have been terminated for cause be paid at least $2,000, and at least five years of service.
Moeses’ reassignment to the Public Health Department was first reported in an April 2016 Newsweek article.
He had been reassigned from the Public Affairs Bureau to the Office of Public Health Management and Education in January 2017.
The Public Health Office was a public health service bureau under the US Public Health Service.