Report shows hundreds of feds threatened, assaulted on-the-job at land management agencies
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Oct 22, 2019
Employees of four federal land management agencies have endured a lot of on-the-job trouble—including hundreds of threats and actual assaults—over recent years, according to a new report.
The study, in a series of revealing tables, provides a statistical breakdown of the incidents, covering the years 2013 to 2017, by department—including the Government Accountability Office, shows that workers at the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service.
For example, Forest Service employees over that period suffered 87 incidents involving “threatening, resisting, intimidating or interfering with any forest officer” in the executing of certain duties. However, the report enumerates that there were scores of other threats and acts of violence recorded under other statutes at the agency—and that many threats at the Forest Service, and at other agencies, were not even reported.
“[I]ncidents ranged from telephone threats to attempted murder against federal land management employees,” the report said. “However, the number of actual threats and assaults is unclear and may be higher than what is captured in available data for various reasons.”
In any case, the report illustrates a need to better protect, and otherwise improve the safety of, federal employees in these vulnerable positions.
The report, “Federal land management agencies: Additional actions needed to address facility security assessment requirements,” is available online at: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6496987-GAOthreatslandstaff.html.