IG report slams Pentagon security chief

The head of the Pentagon security force promoted a subordinate over more qualified candidates and allowed a relative unauthorized access to the agency’s firing range and two firearms instructors, according to a Pentagon inspector general report released Monday.

The redacted 40-page inspector general report says that Steven Calvery, director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), also improperly gave his employees paid time off for a golf tournament and required his subordinates to get his lunch and coffee.

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The two-year investigation, which was completed in February but not released until Monday, concluded that Calvery misused his position and his subordinates, and recommended that the Pentagon take action against the Pentagon security chief.

Calvery disputed the inspector general’s conclusions, the report says, writing through his attorney that “his violations of applicable standards were unintentional.”

Calvery said that the different practices used by the PFPA and the Secret Service, his former employer, led to his misunderstanding about the firing range, and that he believed granting leave for the organization’s golf tournament was allowed under Pentagon rules. He said that he used his discretion in selecting who received the promotion in question.

The inspector general stood by the report’s conclusions.

The inspector general’s office began the investigation when it received two anonymous complaints about Calvery in 2011, alleging that he was scheduling firearms training for his relative and that he had created a hostile work environment.

An unidentified senator also sent a letter to the inspector general in September 2011, asking for a review of allegations against Calvery.

The inspector general also reviewed four allegations that it did not substantiate, which were redacted in the report released publicly Monday.

In addition to the unsubstantiated allegations, another large section of the report — 16 pages— was also redacted by the inspector general’s office.

The publicly released report found that Calvery gave preferential treatment to a subordinate, picking him for a promotion because he believed the subordinate would not receive one in his current position.

As a result, one of the three other recommended candidates was removed from the promotion list.

The IG says a relative of Calvery’s was given basic firearms instruction at the PFPA firing range and allowed to use the agency’s weapons and ammunition, which the relative did before attending training for a different law enforcement agency.

Five witnesses told the IG that Calvery’s office staff would bring him lunch or coffee on a daily basis, and one said it was expected as part of the office staff duties to bring his lunch and “lattes.”

The witnesses said Calvery paid for the lunches, but they were ordered and delivered by subordinates.

The IG also found fault with his decision to allow employees administrative leave to attend the agency’s golf tournament, which was not a Pentagon-sanctioned event.

Calvery said that he gave four hours of leave to those who attended the first year of the tournament in 2009, which he thought he had the authority to do.

Before the tournament in 2011, he was advised by the general counsel’s office that it was not a good idea to do so, and he told employees they had to take their own vacation time.

“I personally think it’s still within my authority, but to err on the side of caution, we decided that next year to have everybody take annual leave,” Calvery testified.