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.”

THE CASE AGAINST ABRUZZO, ABURVASAMY AND MARKS

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

REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD

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.”

NO TRANSPARENCY OR ACCOUNTABILITY

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:  publicinfo@nlrb.gov has ignored all formal requests for information. Synta Keeling FOIA Branch Chief NLRB

NLRB FOIA Officer Synta Keeling / Phone: (202) 273-2995 / Email: Synta.Keeling@nlrb.gov 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

LIFE GOES ON

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. 

AGENCY RESPONSE


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
To: peter.robb@nlrb.gov

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.

Warmest Regards

Capitol Hellway Media Company LLC
A Free Media Company in the 21st Century


No comment was received from Mr. Robb.


CONGRESSIONAL RESPONSE

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.


Read Related Articles: 

Killing Whistleblower Retaliators at the NLRB
Killing Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks


Capitol Hellway Media Company LLC

A Free Media Company in the 21st Century

NOTES

  1. See NLRB FOIA Tracking Numbers: LR-2017-1152, LR-2017-1264, LR-2017-1283, LR-2017-1297, and LR-2017-1313.
  2. See APPEAL Letter LR-2017-1152 dated April 10, 2017 to NLRB FOIA Supervisor Denise Meiners / Phone: (202) 273-2935 / Email: Denise.Meiners@nlrb and others.