Proof that Shit Floats to the Top

Updated on July 14, 2017  

It was earlier reported in 2016 that federal employee Mr. Aung Htein was provided “hush money” to conceal racism and corruption by his bosses Lisa LahrmanByron Zuidema and Portia Wu.

In exchange for his continued participation in covering up widespread racism against African Americans at the Department of Labor, Aung Htein was promoted to the Senior Executive Service with a substantial pay raise earlier this year by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Byron Zuidema who participated in the discrimination (read article below).  


Portia Y. Wu, a graduate of both Yale and Cornell Universities had served as Special Assistant to President Obama before being sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training in April 2014.  Since taking office, Wu has orchestrated the greatest expansion and coverup of racism and whistleblower retaliation ever documented in the department. Now her boss Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez is upping the ante by dangling a Senior Executive Service job in front of Mr. Htein in exchange for his continued participation in covering up widespread racism against African Americans who work for him. Perez has already been dumped by the Clinton campaign as a potential vice presidential running mate because he was caught lying about his grandfather being expelled from the Dominican Republic for opposing the dictatorship of Rafael TrujilloArchival records show that his grandfather, Rafael Brache, was in fact one of the dictator’s champions. Perez now serves as the Democratic National Committee chairman where he bribed a former rival to drop out of the DNC chair race.

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Since 2014, Mr. Htein, who is currently was a GS-15 Supervisory Information Technology Specialist, has seen his responsibilities and budget cut in half as a result of department-wide consolidations of technology resources and services into the Office of the Chief Information Officer which makes the senior level executive position that Perez is offering Htein now totally unjustified and clearly a bribe. One insider told this reporter, “Everyone who works here knows what is happening, but the Obama administration loves Perez, and the press have no interest in exposing any corruption by Democrats in this administration. Anyone who stands up to these racist pigs is crushed and their careers are immediately destroyed.”

On top of that, after blowing through millions of taxpayer dollars during the past year to modernize technology systems across the agency, the federal employees and contractor staff that Htein supervises should be reduced and his position and grade consolidated – not increased. Evidently, Perez feels that paying off Htein with a promotion for discriminating against African Americans and retaliating against Whistle Blowers is a better use of taxpayer funds.

Htein is also dodging a myriad of Inspector General complaints filed against him for working secretly with contractors to violate multiple sections of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Two insiders told this reporter that all contracts awarded by Htein since May 2016 are being protested by vendors. And still, Perez wants to promote him.

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Htein, who has worked at the Labor Department as a contractor or federal employee his entire adult life and Lahrman, who has also worked at the Labor Department for her entire career spanning more than three decades, are both living proof that over time, shit floats to the top in our government.

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Finally, another reason for creating and dangling the new position in front of Htein is that the official report of investigation says that Aung Htein is placing all the blame for the discrimination he administered at the feet of his boss Lisa Lahrman. Mr. Htein’s testimony claims that all his illegal actions were the result of orders he received directly from Lahrman, Zuidema and Wu – despite substantial evidence in the report that shows that Htein had full advance knowledge of and authorized and approved all the discriminatory and retaliatory personnel actions he carried out without any protest. Htein and Lahrman signed all the forms.

Court documents also show that as early as last year Aung Htein told collegues that he was told by Zuidema and Wu that if he kept silent about the widespread discrimination and whistleblower retaliation at the agency that he would be offered a Senior Executive Service SES position in 2016. Well, with this latest bribe from Perez for all to see, Mr. Zuidema who is the Deputy Assistant Secretary fulfilled his promise to Htein, sending a signal to all African Americans that if you stand up to their tyranny, you will be destroyed. Several African Americans who work for Wu across the entire agency echoed the same concerns, “If a ‘real’ and unbiased investigation was ever conducted by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel or the Congress, these people would be fired and sent to prison or worse for the intentional harm and damage they have done to the African American workforce at the Labor department and across the nation.”

Major decisions  in this case are expected from the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that when concluded, will all be posted online for the world to see.

Aung Htein is a career federal bureaucrat at the U.S. Department of Labor. If Perez’s bribe is carried out, Htein will be selected for the newly created position and join Hillary Clinton’s protected club of corrupt senior officials in Washington D.C. The job posting on the usajobs.gov website is being administered by Mr. John Sylvia who is a human resources specialist at Labor.  His phone number is 774-365-6851 and his email is sylvia.john@dol.gov.

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