Jennifer Abruzzo Resigns from NLRB

Jennifer Abruzzo Resigns from NLRB

After almost twenty-three years as a government bureaucrat, Jennifer Abruzzo has resigned from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) located in Washington D.C. after an investigation was launched by the Department of Justice into her conduct. According to two sources at the NLRB who worked for Abruzzo, her announcement was, “a last minute decision,” and, “she did not say where she was headed.”


Capitol Hellway published the story on November 30, 2017, Killing Whistleblower Retaliators at the NLRB – that chronicled Ms. Abruzzo’s personal involvement with corruption and Whistleblower retaliation at the small federal government agency.

In an email interview request sent to Ms. Abruzzo’s supervisor on December 3, 2017, NLRB General Counsel Peter B. Robb was informed that “The focus of [the next] article is either going to be Abruzzo’s retention by you, or her dismissal/departure.

Three days later on December 6, 2017, Capitol Hellway reported in the article, Killing Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks – that sources close to Abruzzo said she was planning to remain at the NLRB, and that the Department of Justice was asked by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) to investigate the NLRB’s General Counsel Peter B. Robb, Jennifer Abruzzo, Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks for abuse of authority and for violating an investigative journalist’s Constitutional Rights.

Jennifer Abruzzo - Prem Aburvasamy - Eric Marks - NLRB


On a frigid Friday afternoon in late December – on the eve of the New Year’s Day government holiday weekend while the majority of federal workers were on leave – Abruzzo’s long tenure at the NLRB came to an abrupt and unceremonious end.

In an email obtained exclusively by Capitol Hellway Media Company LLC, Jennifer Abruzzo informed the entire organization that she was leaving the NLRB. The hastily prepared email was sent to the entire NLRB workforce, contained misspelled words, and provided no explanation about Abruzzo’s apparent unplanned departure from the agency.

Multiple sources confirmed that there was no advance warning given about Abruzzo’s departure. There were no meetings held, no “farewell parties” planned, and no discreet collections for any gifts or a plaque. There were no gatherings of employees to make the announcement or luncheons scheduled to see her off, despite the fact that Abruzzo worked at the NLRB for almost twenty-three years and the majority of the organization worked directly for her.  Abruzzo’s sudden departure without a formal sendoff or new job announcement was characterized by one worker as, “very unusual and suspicious.”


NLRB General Counsel Peter B. Robb did not respond to multiple requests for interviews for this article and the NLRB Public Affairs Office /Phone: 202-273-1991/ Email: has ignored all formal requests for information. Synta Keeling FOIA Branch Chief NLRB

NLRB FOIA Officer Synta Keeling / Phone: (202) 273-2995 / Email: refuses to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests in violation of 5 U.S.C. § 552.1

Synta Keeling has also willfully and unlawfully concealed government records from the public in violation of U.S. Code Title 18, Section 2071, and there is evidence that she conspired with the NLRB Inspector General David Potts Berry, Special Counsel Elizabeth Bach, CIO Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks to tamper with document requests and alter official government records in order to conceal corruption at the agency.2


In the wake of Abruzzo’s resignation, NLRB’s General Counsel Peter B. Robb named John W. Kyle to fill Abruzzo’s position as his Deputy General Counsel. In an email sent to the entire workforce this week, Robb wrote, “John [Kyle] brings more than 40 years of professional experience to our Agency. He began his career as an Equal Opportunity Specialist with the Department of Defense, and later went on to the Federal Labor Relations Agency as a Labor Relations Specialist and Field Attorney, law firms handling cases on behalf of employers and individuals, and our very own Agency – having served as a Field Examiner in region 5 and later as Counsel and Senior Counsel to former NLRB member Robert P. Hunter until 1985.” 

There was no mention in Mr. Robb’s email about Abruzzo’s departure from the agency, nor was there any praise for her more than twenty years government employment at the NLRB. At the publication of this article, the official NLRB website contained no news releases or announcements of Kyle’s appointment or Abruzzo’s departure. 


At 1:16 PM on January 11, 2018 the following email message was delivered to the NLRB General Counsel Peter B. Robb:

Subject: Press Inquiry

Mr. Robb, do you have any comment about the abrupt departure of Ms. Abruzzo from your agency or the facts contained in this article?

Read article Jennifer Abruzzo Resigns from NLRB

Why is your FOIA Officer Synta Keeling being permitted under your leadership to continue to conceal FOIA requests for official government documents and not respond to repeated requests for information from Mr. Edwards (see NLRB FOIA tracking numbers: LR-2017-1152, LR-2017-1264, LR-2017-1283, LR-2017-1297, and LR-2017-1313).

Your public affairs office has been non-responsive. If you care to issue a comment or response please reply in writing by email to Mr. Edwards directly.

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No comment was received from Mr. Robb.


According to a letter dated January 9, 2018, from Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, the Department of Justice is now reviewing the conduct of Prem Aburvasamy, Eric Marks and other NLRB officials involved in the complaint. 

Interim Response DOJ for NLRB Investigation - Prem Aburvasamy - Eric Marks

It is expected that Aburvasamy and Marks will experience the same fate as Abruzzo or be exterminated from federal workforce in some other way.

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Aung Htein and Rosemary Lahasky

Aung Htein Terrorized African Americans at Labor Department

“I swear before God that I personally witnessed eight highly competent African American federal employees be denied promotions and assignments that would enhance their careers. I was ordered to remain silent while a black woman was treated like a wild animal and herded into subservient jobs for many years because of the color of her skin.”

John Stuart Edwards v.
R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary, U. S. Department of Labor
U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, docket number DC-1221-16-0227-W-1
EEOC docket number 570-2016-01154X / Agency No. 16-11-021


I am a White man and retired U.S. Marine Corps officer with a distinguished military, public service and private sector career spanning many decades (see my biography). I blew the whistle on racial discrimination against African Americans in the federal government, and I was retaliated against because I reported violations of federal law.

Now, I am fighting a legal battle against the United States Secretary of Labor because he believes that White people who report discrimination against African Americans are not protected from retaliation under federal Whistleblower Protection or Anti-Discrimination laws. 1

My case is actually quite disturbing. After more than two years of navigating the bureaucratic maze of many federal government agencies to defend the civil rights of my former employees, I have spent nearly $20,000 of my own money for lawyers to fight the Secretary of Labor. The fiscal year 2018 budget request from President Trump for the Department of Labor was $9.7 billion in discretionary authority, with additional mandatory funding, and 15,924 full-time employees. On my side, it is just me and my wife and our two cats. I have no job, and I have reached the limits of what I am willing to spend for this fight. My lawyer tells me, and I agree that this is a precedent setting case that must be won because it impacts the rights of citizens who report discrimination and sexual harassment that they witness against others.

I am publishing my story now with hope and faith in God that there are human beings in this country who can help me continue this fight. If White people cannot report racial discrimination against African Americans and be protected under the law from retaliation by the federal government, then freedom is lost. People of all races must be allowed to fight together for the civil rights of all our citizens, not just ourselves. United we must stand, divided we will fall.


In 2015, I worked at the U.S. Department of Labor for Aung Htein, a Burmese immigrant, who systemically carried out racial discrimination for many years against African Americans; and I was retaliated against by Aung Htein for blowing the whistle to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office. According to recent news reports, “Burmese soldiers, police and militias have been accused of razing hundreds of villages, gang-raping women and children and killing indiscriminately, in what the U.S. has labelled a campaign of ethnic cleansing,” so it is not difficult for any reasonable person to understand why someone with Aung Htein’s cultural heritage and disposition would discriminate against other races in the most cruel and unusual way.

Aung Htein (age 39) is a career federal government bureaucrat whose taxpayer funded salary has skyrocketed despite continuous freezes on federal government pay. Mr. Htein’s government salary has somehow miraculously grown from $115,000 in 2011, to over $160,000 per year now. That is a 40 percent pay raise in five years at a time when there was supposed to be no federal pay increases at all.  But it gets even worse.

In early 2017, Aung Htein was non-competitively promoted into the high paying ranks of the Senior Executive Service in the federal government – despite racial discrimination and retaliation complaints made against him that are still pending before the courts.  

Aung Htein is currently serving a one year probationary period which means he can be terminated from the federal government immediately if action is taken to fire him now.


I was Deputy Director and supervised fifty federal employees and over one hundred contractors at the Department of Labor technology office. My supervisor, Aung Htein, came into my office on September 1, 2015, and told me, “to stop making noise,” about the racial discrimination that he ordered me to carry out. Aung Htein told me that his bosses had promised him, “big pay raises and a promotion to the Senior Executive Service,” at the U.S. Department of Labor for discriminating against African Americans. I thought to myself at the time that this guy is clearly an idiot, and I told Aung Htein that, “I will not participate in the discrimination of African American employees.” After he left my office, I immediately notified his bosses and setup meetings with them to report his conduct. I was disappointed to learn how deeply they were involved.

After I exhausted my chain of command reporting the discrimination, Aung Htein took affirmative steps on September 15, 2015, to strip me of my supervisory responsibilities, remove my decision making authority and diminish my reputation. He announced to the entire office that I was no longer in charge of personnel decisions and that any complaints would need to be brought to him directly. This action made it clear to everyone in the office that if you fight for the rights of others, you will be humiliated and destroyed.

Just like we have seen recently in the news with victims of sexual assault, African Americans were discriminated against and afraid to come forward on their own. These Americans feared retaliation and they were right. I thought I could make a difference for them because I am White.

Looking back, I can understand now why these wonderful people refused to come forward on their own. Racists and sexual predators. The system allows them to behave and retaliate the same way. They have unlimited resources provided to them by large organizations, and it doesn’t matter whether you are a man or a woman or black or white. If you stand up against power, if you make a complaint, everyone knows you will be destroyed. That is why people who witness discrimination and sexual harassment don’t file complaints.

After the first retaliatory attack by Aung Htein and the lack of interest by his bosses to do anything about it, I filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office and emailed copies of my complaint to Zachary Williams and Lisa Kyle who work for Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA).

In my September 2015 EEO complaint, I wrote:

Allegations:  Systemic discrimination against eight African American employees and retaliation for blowing the whistle to the entire Department of Labor leadership including the Inspector General.

Charge 1: Aung Htein and senior executives engaged in, and condoned racial discrimination to deny opportunities and career advancement for eight African American employees in the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Information Systems and Technology. The following employees are current active targets of systemic discrimination by senior management officials that have or will directly impact the careers and earnings of these employees:

GS13 – Mr. McDaniel, an African American federal employee is being discriminated against because he is being denied a merit promotion solely due to his race. Mr. McDaniel applied for an advertised GS14 position to perform the work he is already performing at that level – and when Mr. McDaniel was found to be the only eligible qualified candidate and placed on the hiring certificate for the hiring official – Aung Htein placed an indefinite delay on hiring Mr. McDaniel for the position but has allowed the hiring of other vacant positions in the office, despite strong recommendations from the hiring officials including Mr. McDaniel’s supervisor Thomas Flagg (also African American), the reviewing officer, and the Deputy Director. At the time of the complaint, there was no indication whatsoever that Mr. McDaniel will ever have the opportunity to fill the position for which he is qualified. Mr. McDaniel stated that he feared retaliation if he filed an EEO complaint. 2

GS13 – Mr. Liddell, an African American federal employee is actively being targeted by Aung Htein for removal from federal service despite the fact that Mr. Liddell is performing his work in a highly successful manner. This fact was corroborated by the senior GS15 technologists he supports, and his reviewing officer. Mr. Liddell’s wife has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Mr. Liddell has requested occasional time off to transport his wife to treatments. Mr. Htein stated that he considers these types of requests to be unsatisfactory and inappropriate. Mr. Liddell’s supervisor, Freddie Sconce, stated in writing that he is acting to remove Mr. Liddell from federal employment based on his race on the orders provided to him by Aung Htein. Sconce stated that he disagreed with Mr. Htein’s decision, but will carry out the orders despite his personal objections. Sconce, who was a GS-14, has applied for a GS-15 promotion and Aung Htein is now the deciding official for that promotion after the revocation of my personnel decision authority by Aung Htein on September 15, 2015.

In addition to the above active targets of discrimination, I uncovered a clear pattern of ongoing systemic discrimination that has been carried out for many years against only African Americans that were contained in my formal complaint and court documents.  The following employees were also discriminated against and in some cases maliciously targeted and abused.1

  • Ms. Marlene Howze
  • Ms. Florence Davidson
  • Mr. Thomas Flagg
  • Mr. Kevin Jackson
  • Mr. Dwayne Palmer
  • Mr. Nat Brown

Charge 2: Aung Htein retaliated against me on September 15, 2015, when he removed my authority to manage personnel for reporting systemic discrimination to his superiors at the U.S. Department of Labor.

I would never kneel during the National Anthem, instead I am shouting at the top of my lungs,
“I witnessed racism and reported it!
Does anyone in this country care anymore?”


After a month passed, I became frustrated with a lack of response from EEO and the indifference by senior Department of Labor leaders concerning my complaints, so on October 13, 2015, I met with Vanessa Hall who is an EEO specialist and asked her advice about what I should do.

Ms. Hall said, “I have never seen or heard of a White executive coming forward to report racial discrimination against black people in my entire life. My experience is that they are going to keep coming after you if you keep complaining about what they have done [referring to Aung Htein, the Inspector General and Assistant Secretary of Labor]. You should probably just try to find another job.”

Two weeks after meeting with Ms. Hall, I received an email permanently reassigning me to a non-supervisory Special Assistant position effective immediately. The new job was a made-up position that had never before existed, and it was not remotely commensurate with my senior management and supervisory experience and skills. The entire leadership of the Labor department was notified about the circumstances surrounding my reassignment, including the Inspector General and Zachary Williams who works for Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA). None of them lifted a finger to help me then, or any time since.

A few days later, on November 5, 2015, my former Deputy Director position was advertised on the USAJOBS website as a vacant position to be filled.     

After the reassignment and posting of my position, there was nothing for me to do but pay lawyers and fill out paperwork while I sat at home performing a bullshit job. In mid-November 2015, acting on the advice of my lawyer, I filed complaints with the Civil Rights Center and the Office of Special Counsel at the Department of Justice.

I made formal written complaints about discrimination against African American employees to Betty Lopez and Naomi Barry-Perez who run the Equal Employment Opportunity Office and Civil Rights Center at the Department of Labor. Betty Lopez admittedly reported my confidential EEO complaint to Edward Charles “Ed” Hugler who is the Deputy Assistant Secretary at Labor. She also informed the entire Department of Labor executive team that I had filed a complaint about their discrimination and did nothing when I was retaliated against for making it.


I also filed a complaint of Prohibited Personnel Practices (whistleblowing reprisal) with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) at the Justice Department, alleging  that my reassignment to Special Assistant and the Labor department’s decision to post my former position for hire, are retaliation for whistleblowing and for engaging in protected activities under 5 U.S.C 2302. The OSC closed my whistleblowing retaliation complaint on November 20, 2015, declining to seek corrective action on my behalf. Instead, they provided me with a right-to-file letter that day which stated that I needed to take my complaint instead to the Merit Systems Protection Board. 3

Ka-Ching-Ka-Ching! Whistleblowers have to pay for all their legal representation while Aung Htein and his bosses are provided unlimited funding for government attorneys paid for entirely with taxpayer dollars. That is how the current system works. At the time of publication for this story, I have already spent approximately $20,000 on this case – and it is far from over. Delay, deny, hope you die is the government’s strategy to fight whistleblowing, and it works. 


Several months after I was removed from the position and replaced, there were several Inspector General complaints filed that allege Mr. Htein violated multiple sections of the Federal Acquisition Regulations, performed illegal acquisitions costing taxpayers millions of dollars, and accepted bribes and kick-backs from senior government officials in the form of personal training money totaling more than twenty thousand dollars in exchange for keeping his mouth shut about racism, corruption and whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Labor. Complaints were also made to the Inspector General about Aung Htein’s pay raises and the promise he received about being promoted.

The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor is Mr. Scott Dahl who was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 16, 2013. Dahl, who was appointed by President Obama, turned a blind eye to the discrimination and criminal complaints made against Aung Htein and other senior executives since he joined the agency. Dahl was part of the cadre of government executives at Labor who were involved in my reassignment and who have allowed Aung Htein to keep his job at the Department of Labor despite racism and criminal complaints.

Htein actively denied African Americans promotions and assignments that would enhance their careers. Htein used investigative services of the agency to target one African American woman, and he has been shielded from accountability by the Inspector General and government lawyers who are paid for by taxpayers to provide him with a free legal defense. Htein has received substantial pay raises, and even been promoted to the highest ranks of the federal civil service. 


Aung Htein’s supervisor was Byron Zuidema, who was promoted to be the acting assistant secretary by President Trump. Zuidema abruptly resigned from the federal government recently despite expectations that he would remain in his new position for several more years.

Rosemary Lahasky is another President Trump political appointee who is currently serving as the top White House official for the agency where Aung Htein works. Lahasky has experience working inside Washington D.C. as a congressional staffer but may lack the courage to fire Aung Htein and put an end to his discriminatory ways.

According to the Department of Labor website, Lahasky is now the only person in charge of the Employment and Training Administration after Zuidema departed.Rosemary Lahasky may also lack the authority to resolve this matter. I contacted her government funded attorney recently with an offer to settle because I can no longer afford to fund my case. My offer stated, “Since I am retired now and so much time has already passed since my complaint was made, I am willing to consider agency demands for withdrawal of both cases – EEOC and MSBP – in exchange for reimbursement of my legal fees.” 

Here is the response I received to my very reasonable settlement offer. Rolando Valdez is the taxpayer funded full time government attorney who represents Lahasky and Htein. He works for the Department of Labor Solicitor.

Rosemary Lahasky was provided this story and offered no comment.  Capitol Hellway Media Company LLC confirmed receipt by Ms. Lahasky of this article and our request for comment under the Freedom of Information Act – tracking number 847979. 

Lahasky Email Department of Labor FOIA Request 847979

As a result of Lahasky’s continued unwillingness to resolve my case, I now have until March 2018, to decide whether I want to continue with the EEOC case to aid African American employees who were discriminated against by Aung Htein.

The Whistleblower retaliation component of this case is still awaiting action by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, and my attorney is continuing with that case on a contingency basis. That precedent setting case will establish whether White people who report discrimination against African Americans are protected from retaliation under federal law. Unfortunately, since the Merit Systems Protection Board lacks a quorum because President Trump has not filled the positions, there is a backlog of appeals building and it could be many years before my case is resolved. It costs me nothing to wait for that decision.


Recent news reports revealed that Congress secretly paid out settlements of over $17 million for discrimination, sexual assault and other cases brought against Members of Congress. What Americans don’t know is that every department in the federal government operates exactly the same way. They have a secret slush fund to pay lawyers and settlements that they keep from public view. Here is the reason why we know so little about that money.

The perpetrators of racial discrimination and retaliation at the Department of Labor know they cannot be sued as individuals because they have immunity, so the agency gets sued. In my case, I’m suing the Secretary of Labor, but it is the Department of Labor – The Taxpayers – who pay. That is how the system is rigged. They have billions of dollars in their budget and an unlimited amount of time to fight against anyone who stands against them, and they know it.

And the Department of Labor is no different. Aung Htein and Rosemary Lahasky don’t care about lawsuits against the agency because taxpayers fully fund a large federal legal department to protect them. The Department of Labor is packed with government lawyers, like Rolando Valdez, that are funded by taxpayers to defend the people who discriminate against African Americans and retaliate against Whistleblowers. The entire system is upside down.

Nicholas C. Geale, was appointed Acting Solicitor of Labor by President Trump on February 17, 2017, and also serves as the Chief of Staff for the current Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta.

Geale is also responsible for providing free legal advice, representation and trial services for government executives who break the law. His office is defending Htein and representing Lahasky, who are now probably working together to cover up discrimination, sexual assault and Whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Labor. All this is provided at taxpayer expense. And Geale and Rolando Valdez have a much larger budget to work with than anyone who makes a complaint against the agency. Delay, deny, hope you die is the motto there. The swamp is corrupt.


In 2015, I lived in the Virginia 7th congressional district. According to federal law, Whistleblowers who report retaliation to Congress are supposed to be protected. I have dozens of communications back and forth with Congressman Dave Brat’s office spanning more than ten months, and he did not lift a finger to help.

In January 2016, I was becoming frustrated by the lack of interest in my case by Congressman Dave Brat’s staff.

Every month in 2016, I contacted Congressman Brat’s office and kept getting the same response, “As soon as we receive a reply, we will update you.”  Month after month after month passed by, and nothing was being done. In August 2016, I was so frustrated that I sent Congressman Brat this email and never got a response or call from his office again. I guess he was offended.

It was a big mistake for me to think that anyone in Congress would do the right thing. Dave Brat is just like all the others who go to Washington. They enter the swamp and become corrupted. I see him on TV a lot now, he really knows how to play the game. I’m glad I don’t live in his district now.


Clearly the most important qualification for promotion into the federal government’s Senior Executive Service at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C. is to discriminate against African Americans and retaliate against any federal employee or contractor who blows the whistle on illegal activity there. 

I am not a bleeding heart liberal by any stretch of the imagination. I think that President Obama and Colin Kaepernick have done more to damage race relations in the United States than Jim Crow. But I experienced a horrible tragedy and injustice when I reported the discrimination of African American employees at the Department of Labor, and was retaliated against for opening my mouth.

If you are an African American who worked at the U.S. Labor department since it was founded on March 4, 1913, chances are you were discriminated against or feared retaliation if you filed a complaint during your employment there.

If you want to make a difference, please share this story on social media and with everyone you know. 

If you are an attorney or philanthropist or employee and want to join a civil or class action lawsuit against the racist executives at the Labor department, please contact me immediately to discuss.

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Tom Perez and Portia Wu Escape Prosecution For Racism and Whistleblower Retaliation
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Make America Great Again! 

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Ode To The Whistle-Blow

Honor is discreet and helpless and wise,

The guardians – a system we despise,

Under cloak of darkness in the light rise,

The sound of the Whistle-Blow called a lie.


The people who know – recalcitrant fear,

No coming forward to hold what is dear,

Accusations and repudiations,

The sound of the Whistle-Blow hits deaf ear.


The Whistle-Blow is a very rare sound,

With so much corruption spinning around,

Evil bureaucrats dominate our lives,

The government, Washington, full of lies.


Money, corruption, and women who hide,

The truth is obvious before our eyes,

Yet darkness of shadow in the deep state,

Blocks honor and truth, heaven, and our faith.


Americans wake up! Stand up and rise,

Hear the Whistle-Blow sound, shout, come alive,

List retaliators who terrorize,

Unveil their retaliation disguise.


Disinfect corruptors with bright sun light,

Humiliate, torture, bankrupt their minds,

Bring to their families what they bring ours,

Cruelty, punishment, an eye for an eye.


Stand up, be bold, proud, and yell out your door,

“The time has come people, see the real world!”

Lock’em up, toss the key and publicize,

Put them in jail, humiliate, despise.


The boldness and power are what must die.

Their jobs, salaries, reputations, will –

Must be sacrificed, mutilated, killed.

To hear the sweet Whistle-Blow one more time.


Cruelness, temperament, tempered by steel,

Harshness, shameful, rules, obey make us kneel,

Take into our hands what government not,

The cipher of Whistle-Blow is red hot.


Ode to the Whistle-Blow, end the deceit,

Ode to the Whistle-Blow, hear us repeat,

Ode to the Whistle-Blow, it’s a new time,

Ode to the Whistle-Blow, sunlight sunshine.

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Killing Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks

Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks are corrupt government bureaucrats who work together at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This week, they jointly filed a criminal complaint against me with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Today, two law enforcement officers were dispatched to our home in southwest Florida to interrogate me and my wife. 1

On December 6, 2017, a DHS agent and Sheriff’s counterintelligence officer came to my home after I published a story about corruption and Whistleblower retaliation at the National Labor Relations Board. The agents told my wife and me that we should “be careful” and contact them if we see anything unusual like our “cats getting killed” or sudden vandalism at our home. They said that they were just, “doing what some SES in Washington ordered,” referring to Aburvasamy.

I recorded the meeting. The two agents asked and I agreed to not publish the recording or reveal their identities online because they said that they fear retaliation if I publish their names together with the details of our conversation. They seemed like good men who were just following ridiculous orders from parasitic bureaucrats in Washington D.C.

In their DHS complaint, Aburvasamy and Marks alleged that they fear for their lives because of a story I published last week.

On November 30, 2017, I published the story, Killing Whistleblower Retaliators at the NLRB using satirical art in which I described the retaliation that my family suffered at the hands of Aburvasamy, Marks and other corrupt federal government employees in Washington D.C.  

In the article, I wrote that, “I believe that [Aburvasamy and Marks] have committed and covered up crimes against the United States of America and should be fired, publicly humiliated and never allowed to work again in any job paid for by taxpayers for the rest of their lives.”

I also explained that, “Working at the NLRB was surreal. At times, I imagined that I was working for the mafia. The NLRB has two classes of employees who work there. The workers who are too afraid to blow the whistle, and the executives who are too corrupt to be held accountable.” 2

For the record, I do not intend to murder Washington swamp creatures Aburvasamy and Marks.

I hope to help inform the public and Congress about their poor character and corruption so that President Trump’s new General Counsel will take action to kill their jobs and #draintheswamp in Washington D.C.

As the law enforcement officers left our home, we recognized the absurdity of the complaint and its purpose. A Senior Special Agent for DHS had to drive many hours from a distant city just to knock on our door to investigate an absurd charge. This latest act of retaliation by Aburvasamy and Marks is just another example of the two conspiring to make ridiculous complaints against a Whistleblower, and then use the investigative resources of a federal government agency to carry it out.

It also proves the power and reach that corrupt federal government employees like Aburvasamy, Marks and their bosses have been provided at taxpayer expense to intimidate federal government employees who blow the whistle, leave the federal government and move far away.

What’s next, an IRS audit?

In my opinion, Prem Aburvasamy is an incompetent and worthless federal government Chief Information Officer who needs to be terminated now. Charles Eric Marks is Aburvasamy’s deputy and should be fired for his scandalous participation and breaking the law. Peter B. Robb 3 is their new supervisor who started work at the NLRB on November 17, 2017, after being appointed by President Trump. And, Robb’s deputy is still Jennifer Abruzzo who I think should be fired too.

The whistleblower retaliation story I published last week is not the only reason that federal law enforcement visited my home today. President Trump’s new appointee was involved too.

On December 3, 2017, I emailed NLRB General Counsel Peter B. Robb and offered him congratulations on his new job along with a link to my story. I also wrote, “Your current deputy, Jennifer Abruzzo, was serving a noncareer appointment prior to your arrival there. Sources inside your agency tell me that before your confirmation, Abruzzo was planning to remain at the agency – either as your deputy, or in a career SES position that she created prior to your appointment. As the article explains, I am publishing an investigative series about the corruption that I witnessed at the agency by Abruzzo and her retaliation against me for blowing the whistle. Whether you keep her or not, I would love the opportunity to interview you about your decision before I publish the next article about corruption and whistleblower retaliation at your agency. The focus of that article is either going to be Abruzzo’s retention by you, or her dismissal/departure.”

I followed up with Mr. Robb and the NLRB Public Affairs Office for comment two days later on December 5, 2017, and discovered that my emails to Mr. Robb and Public Affairs were being monitored and blocked by the NLRB CIO [Aburvasamy] and could not be delivered. Using another email account that I verified with Robb earlier, we were able to email this message to him on December 5th and confirm delivery.

“Mr Robb, your CIO has taken actions to block our emails to you, and to your Public Affairs Office seeking comment (on my article). Did Aburvasamy do this at your direction? Does this mean that you are going to retain Abruzzo in the agency and join the technology corruption cartel that has existed there for decades? Let us know how best to contact your agency.”

And the next day, on December 6, 2017, I was ambushed by law enforcement at my home to threaten and intimidate my family.

There is clearly a causal link between communicating corruption to NLRB government employees and swift retaliation by them using taxpayer funded investigative services to carry it out. One year ago, it was the Inspector General David Potts Berry who concocted an investigation for Aburvasamy and Marks when I worked for the government and blew the whistle on them. Now, they are using the same playbook with the Department of Homeland Security because I am a civilian now and outside the reach of their corrupt $275 million per year taxpayer budget.

What’s next, a visit to Guantanamo for interrogation?

As a result of this latest threat by the NLRB corruption cartel who sent a federal agent into our home today, we now fear for our lives. We believe that the NLRB corruption cartel is conspiring to retaliate against us again and bring harm to my family in Florida.

Aburvasamy and Marks are being permitted by their boss to intimidate my family and threaten me using government resources paid for by taxpayers for a second time. Today, more taxpayer money was wasted by sending two law enforcement officers a great distance to intimidate us. What’s next? 

Will a hit man be sent to our home?

If my wife and I die suddenly – please let this story serve as my testament that we knew who murdered us. We fear for our lives now and it was the corrupt federal government swamp creatures who work at the NLRB that made a direct personal threat against us today when they dispatched a federal government agent to our home to investigate a frivolous charge. The DHS case number is N17003708. 4

At 7:30 PM on December 6, 2017 the following email message was delivered to the NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb:


Mr. Robb, I was visited by federal law enforcement today. I hope you will read my latest article about that. I see you are continuing to block my emails and have no intention of responding to my requests for an interview or comment.

Please direct your staff to stop harassing me. My wife and I feel threatened and fear for our lives. If the threats and retaliation continue, I will report you to the appropriate authorities and post my complaints online. I am a journalist and you don’t have to respond to my requests for information. But the law (5 U.S.C. § 552) does require that you respond to my FOIA requests which your agency still has not done.  And I have rights under the U.S. Constitution that you may be attempting to deny.5

John Stuart Edwards / Journalist

On December 11, 2017, an official complaint was filed by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) with the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter B. Robb, Jennifer Abruzzo, Prem Aburvasamy and Charles Eric Marks for abuse of authority and for violating an investigative journalist’s Constitutional Rights.

Three weeks later, Abruzzo abruptly resigned.

Justice Department Complaint - Peter B Robb - NLRB

According to a letter dated January 9, 2018, from Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, the Department of Justice is now reviewing the conduct of Prem Aburvasamy, Eric Marks and other NLRB officials involved in the complaint. It is expected that Aburvasamy and Marks will experience the same fate as Abruzzo or be exterminated from federal workforce in some other way.

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Killing Whistleblower Retaliators at the NLRB

“They will level you to the ground — you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God’ (New International Version, Luke 19:44).”

I am a retired United States Marine Corps Mustang. That means I enlisted in the Marines before becoming an officer. I am also a professional killer. After I left the military, I worked for small companies and large corporations where I achieved a comfortable level of prosperity. I built a reputation for being an honest, results-driven leader with high skills in software development and continuous improvement. You can read my full biography here

After learning that the U.S. federal government was planning to waste more than one trillion dollars of taxpayer money during the next decade on technology spending, I decided to leave the “sanity” of the private sector in order to serve my country again in the federal government. I believed that I could help create a government that is more secure, works better and costs a fraction of what it costs today to operate. I even created a promotional YouTube video to explain my call to public service. I was told that this video helped me get hired for my first government job at Homeland Security to modernize the national E-Verify system.1


During my short career working at the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Labor Relations Board, a.k.a. NLRB, I exposed more than $10 million in wasteful spending by the technology department. I uncovered extensive contract fraud by long-tenured federal government bureaucrats. I was discriminated against for being a Veteran when I reported these crimes. And I witnessed the falsification and tampering with official government records by senior officials including the NLRB Inspector General David Potts Berry and FOIA Officer Synta Keeling.

Working at the NLRB was surreal. At times, I imagined that I was working for the mafia. The NLRB has two classes of employees who work there. The workers who are too afraid to blow the whistle, and the executives who are too corrupt to be held accountable.2


Anyone who stands up against corrupt federal government bureaucrats will be obliterated.

After blowing the whistle on Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks, I was threatened and harassed. In a meeting about my complaints, Eric Marks told me that “military veterans and their styles of leadership are not welcome at the NLRB” and “directness and honesty at this agency is not part of the culture.” Marks knew that I was hired by the agency under the veteran’s preference program as a disabled veteran.

Eric Marks has worked in the NLRB technology department as a contractor or federal employee for more than two decades. In my opinion, Marks has the technology skills and leadership ability of an admin clerk who should be paid a salary of about thirty thousand dollars. Marks gets paid $162,000 per year plus federal benefits by the NLRB, and he has been paid over $2 million in compensation from U.S. taxpayers during his tenure there.

Aburvasamy joined the NLRB in 2014 as deputy CIO, and was promoted to the CIO position and Senior Executive Service by Chairman Miscimarra in May 2016.

On November 30, 2016, I made a written protected whistleblower complaint to the General Counsel, the Inspector General David Potts Berry and the entire Board at the NLRB, including the current Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra. In an email with the subject “Request for Help,” I complained that my current working environment was hostile. I literally “begged” them to halt the active retaliation that was being carried out against me by Aburvasamy and Marks for making protected whistleblower complaints.

The next day, on December 1, 2016, the NLRB Inspector General David Potts Berry launched an investigation against me, not my complaints. My co-workers, peers and some of my employees were interviewed. The entire investigation was sloppy and a farce. On December 19, 2016, I met with the Inspector General David Potts Berry who told me, “I don’t do investigations when there is no wrongdoing involved which is the case here,” referring to his investigation of me. This is substantiated by the fact that on January 3, 2017, NLRB Inspector General David Potts Berry issued a memorandum stating that he did not substantiate any of the false allegations made against me – including those that I ended up being fired for that are described below. 

None of my whistleblower complaints have ever been investigated by the NLRB Inspector General David Potts Berry or anyone else who works in the federal government.

In early February 2017, I was physically removed from my job, placed on administrative leave at home, and then I was fired in an email I received from Aburvasamy that he sent like a coward to my personal email address at 5 p.m. on April 4, 2017. My termination from federal employment was effective immediately.

According to the termination letter attached to the email, I was being fired by the federal government for two reasons.

First, it was alleged that I violated the leave policy by initially denying a leave request for an employee named Hari Sharma before I approved it.

My response to this charge stated, “According to the NLRB leave and attendance policy PER-10 pg. 16, management has the primary responsibility for determining when and the extent to which annual leave is to be granted. I denied Sharma’s leave so that I could check on his well-being, and I approved the leave he requested after I spoke with him.” 

Federal employee Hari Sharma had submitted a leave request to me after working hours at about 10 p.m. in early November 2016, for the following day. I denied his request using an online leave request system at about 11 p.m. Early the next morning, I called Sharma at home and asked if he was OK. Sharma said that he had contractors working at his home and so I suggested that he telework for a few hours so that he could dial into a meeting that I wanted him to attend. He said he didn’t want to attend the meeting, so I approved his leave.

In his termination letter firing me, Aburvasamy stated that he was sustaining this charge because he said “this conduct was improper and inappropriate.” Sharma and Aburvasamy both immigrated to the United States from India and are close friends.

In the second charge, it was alleged that during mid-year performance reviews in January 2016, for employees Ying Xing and Hari Sharma, I told them that I would keep their ratings confidential and not share my feedback about their performance with other employees.

My response to this charge explained in detail my method for conducting performance reviews and stated, “This charge is ridiculous.”

In his termination letter, Aburvasamy wrote that he was sustaining the charge because “this practice flies in the face of the efficient functioning of the federal service and there is no rational basis for you to tell employees that you will keep their ratings confidential.”3

Miscimarra, Abruzzo, Rothschild, Aburvasamy and Marks wanted me out of the agency because I was the only employee who worked there that took steps to curtail the wasteful spending that had plagued the organization for many years.  I did this by re-structuring a contract that was going to be awarded in March 2017.  The new contract would have significantly reduced licensing, maintenance and labor costs for taxpayers, and that is not what they wanted to happen.  

The NLRB is a small government agency with about 1,600 employees and obviously it was no secret that I had blown the whistle loud and clear.

During a meeting in October 2016, an Assistant General Counsel named Elizabeth Kilpatrick warned me that her boss, long tenured NLRB bureaucrat Deputy General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo, had a long history at the agency of covering up corruption. She said, “Jennifer feels that the changes you are implementing to remove waste, fraud and abuse will reflect poorly on her past performance.” In other words, Kilpatrick was sent as an envoy to tell me that Abruzzo – a government attorney and career bureaucrat, did not want to be held accountable for wasting taxpayer money and allowing contract fraud. In my dealings with Abruzzo, I found her to be a liberal narcissist who put herself above others and acted very irrational at times.

Peter B. Robb4 was appointed by President Trump and sworn in as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board on November 17, 2017 for a four year term. If Abruzzo remains at the NLRB under Robb, that should be a clear signal to the world that the corruption cartel that is embedded at the NLRB will continue to be protected and allowed to work there.

Another Abruzzo comrade at the agency who played a major role in my retaliation was NLRB Deputy Executive Secretary Roxanne Rothschild. Rothschild and her husband, Bryan Burnett, together managed the team that was in charge of the NLRB’s technology investment portfolio from 2006 through December 2015. This Washington D.C. power couple managed about $16 million per year on average in taxpayer spending for technology. That comes to approximately $10,000 per employee each year for a phone, laptop computer, software applications and internet connection. And the quality of the products they purchased and implemented totally sucked. It was not hard for me or any rational outsider with business IT experience to see that there was something dreadfully wrong with the technology spending at the NLRB that Marks and Aburvasamy wanted covered up. 

In addition to the wasteful spending they carried out during Burnett’s time at the agency, another reason Rothschild took actions to have me fired was to protect her husband from being prosecuted for his poor stewardship of taxpayer money. Burnett had left the NLRB and took a job, coincidentally, as the CIO of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where claims of discrimination are reported. Insiders at that agency who work for him told me that his performance has been lackluster at best. Burnett and his wife are clearly swamp creatures who make a living feeding off government largesse in Washington D.C.

Rothschild gets paid $162,000 per year and Burnett is paid $170,000. Together, they rake in over $332,000 per year plus federal benefits, and have been paid over $10 million in compensation from U.S. taxpayers during their tenures.


To instill fear of retaliation across the entire organization and continue the culture of corruption there, NLRB Chairman Phillip Miscimarra ordered what amounted to a public lynching of me, and then he directly supervised each and every step of the retaliation carried out against me by his executive team.

On January 23, 2017, Philip A. Miscimarra was named Acting Chairman of the NLRB by President Trump. Just two weeks after his appointment, I was escorted out of the building by an armed uniformed security guard like a criminal. Senior executives, my peers, junior staff and contractors were all gathered while I was still in my office in order to watch my departure. They formed a gauntlet of shame in the hallway to watch. This blatant public display of retaliation was planned and cruelly carried out by Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks to defame my character and diminish my credibility as a witness against them. This final act of public humiliation sent a clear message to the entire workforce that if you blow the whistle, you will be targeted and assassinated from your job.5

During my administrative leave, I remained in constant email contact with Miscimarra. Each time I informed Miscimarra of violations of the law and retaliation by his staff, which he acknowledged, the retaliation intensified.

Here are some quotes from an email that provides some context for my communications with Chairman Miscimarra.

“Chairman, I requested your help in an email to you dated Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM. Two days later, on Friday, December 02, 2016, at the direction of (Abruzzo) and (Aburvasamy and Marks), NLRB Special Counsel Elizabeth Bach told me that “former military personnel are not a good fit at the NLRB” and that “certain adverse action” will be carried out against me by the agency for notifying you of my concerns. Ms. Bach carried out her threat against me within days after you were appointed Chairman by the President of the United States. The retaliation she (and the Inspector General David Potts Berry) ordered against me was formulated in secret with Deputy CIO Eric Marks and is fully documented and explained in the attachments to this email. In 25 years of exemplary military and civilian federal service, I have never seen retaliation to destroy a distinguished veteran’s career, reputation and family’s financial security so deceptively and cruelly carried out in full view of an organization’s senior leaders and junior staff. I served in the Marines for two decades, and in that organization which is the best in the world, my Generals cared more about accomplishing the mission and the welfare of their troops than their powerful positions. That is the hallmark of real leadership in public service. These people who work for you have obviously never been held accountable in the past, so I guess there is no reason for them to expect that they will be held accountable by you now.”


The NLRB is an independent U.S. federal government agency with responsibilities for enforcing U.S. labor law. I was hired in April 2016, as Associate CIO to fix a portfolio of failing software applications that suffered for many years because of the incompetent management and corrupt practices of Abruzzo, Rothschild, Burnett, Aburvasamy and Marks.

In just two months, I had implemented many solutions to the problems that had plagued the agency for many years. I was modernizing software applications and migrating software from high cost on premise hosting to more economical commercial cloud hosting. At the time of my firing, key metrics were already showing results that included reduced system down time and increased access to applications by mobile devices. Also, many new application features for customers were being delivered without any increased costs. Productivity by my federal staff and contractors had more than quadrupled, and mission application users were delighted by the changes we made and the projects we had undertaken. 

At great personal expense, I hired an attorney and provided comprehensive material evidence to the Merit Systems Protection Board judge.  I was easily able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that senior NLRB officials made false official statements and conspired to fabricate frivolous charges against me in retaliation for blowing the whistle.

Chairman Miscimarra, Inspector General David Potts Berry, Deputy General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo, Special Counsel Elizabeth Bach, Roxanne Rothschild, Bryan Burnett, Prem Aburvasamy, Eric Marks, FOIA Officer Synta Keeling, and employees Hari Sharma and Ying Xing were all named as co-conspirators in my lawsuit filed with the MSPB on April 25, 2017.

I believe that all these people have committed and covered up crimes against the United States of America and should be fired, publicly humiliated and never allowed to work again in any job paid for by taxpayers for the rest of their lives.


Despite being ambushed and tossed from the building, I managed to obtain copies of all the reports, documents, and emails that I needed to prove my case in court from sources at the NLRB. I also made recordings of some key meetings that support everything you have read in this article, and I made several Freedom of Information Act requests that FOIA Officer Synta Keeling has ignored.6

At the time of publication for this article, none of my FOIA requests have been legally fulfilled. In her latest email update to me dated October 19, 2017, Synta Keeling said she was still processing my requests made earlier this year.  

After I filed my lawsuit with the Merit Systems Protection Board, Miscimarra quickly settled with me and met all my demands in order to avoid accountability and publicity. I told Miscimarra that there was no way on earth that I could ever return to an agency that is so evil and corrupt. Everything that I asked for in my first settlement offer, Miscimarra agreed to without a counter offer. I was awarded a settlement by the NLRB that was ratified on May 18, 2017. I was reinstated as a federal employee, paid back pay and leave, and reimbursed for all my legal expenses. I resigned from the agency on June 6, 2017 with exactly five years and one month federal service. Miscimarra considered it a win because he did not want this case to go to court. And I agreed in the settlement to not file another complaint against the NLRB in exchange for me being allowed to publish my story.


“‘I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself’ (New American Standard Bible, Genesis 3:10).”

On August 9, 2017, it was reported that Miscimarra would not seek reappointment to the Board for family reasons despite being encouraged by the Trump administration to do so. Coincidentally, that same day I received a phone call from an attorney who works in the NLRB Inspector General’s office who said that he was interested in investigating Aburvasamy for concealing official government records.

You can listen to that voice message here (audio starts at 9 seconds):

About an hour later, I received a call from the NLRB Inspector General David Potts Berry and he told me that he was finally going to investigate the allegations that I had made that caused me to be fired. I told David Potts Berry that under the settlement, “I agreed to not file any additional cases, claims, grievances, or complaints regarding my employment with the Agency, except regarding enforcement of the settlement should I believe the Agency has not fulfilled its obligations.”

The next day, I received the following email from Elizabeth Bach stating that I could speak with the Inspector General David Potts Berry.

After receiving this email from Bach, I never heard back from the Inspector General’s office or anyone at the NLRB about an investigation into my complaints.

There is a long history at the NLRB of Prem Aburvasamy hiring ethnic friends and there have been complaints made against him at the agency that Inspector General David Potts Berry has refused to investigate. 

click image to read NLRB IG Submission #187NLRB IG Submission #187

In late August, I contacted some of my sources inside the NLRB. They told me that my predecessor, who had left the NLRB for a higher paying job at the U.S. Patent Office, mysteriously returned to the NLRB for much lesser pay – ostensibly so that he could help Aburvasamy, Marks and Berry continue to cover-up the matter. Sivaram Ghorakavi was rehired by the NLRB and he is paid $162,000 per year plus federal benefits. Based on the disastrous state of the organization that I inherited from this guy when I arrived there, I’d characterize him as a loser with all caps. Ghorakavi is from India of course, and just like his buddy Sharma, is close friends with Aburvasamy. 

click image to read NLRB IG Submission #197NLRB IG Submission #197

This article explains why Phillip Miscimarra, who was appointed by President Obama departed the federal government at the end of his term as the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board on December 16, 2017, despite being asked by President Trump to serve another term.

If the victims of sexual assault are whistleblowers, then I was gang-raped by Phillip Miscimarra. Please share my story. Help expose Whistleblower Retaliation @NLRB

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