Making Government on All Levels Accountable for
Retaliation & Reprisal
The most common type of abuse experienced at the federal level by wildlife specialists, especially small not-for-profit businesses, is retaliation and/or reprisal, especially if such a business challenged a determination and/or actions of a governmental entity.
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Small Business Advocate(s) - not effective and may even add to the retaliation;
Office of the Attorney General - usually ignores complaints
Department of Justice - usually ignores complaints
Inspector General of the Federal Government - may not ignore complaint but does not communicate with
complaintant so how would the person know?
Environmental Protection Agency - usually ignores complaints
Small Business Advocate for USDA - not recommended. This seems to be merely a "token" program (a.k.a. for
appearance purposes only). It is common to have the person designated to assist with the complaint wait the
full six months he or she is allotted to send a response and then when the response is sent to the complaintant, it
is one of scolding and complete dismissal of the complaint.
EEO - good luck!
USDA Inspector General - most effective course of action although there are noticeable limitations one of which
involves the lack of transparency of the agency to the complaintants. Hence, there is absolutely no
communication between the agency and the complaintant so he or she will not even be able to confirm receipt
of the complaint without having to call the hotline. Other than that, you will be lucky to get your case number
and will not get any details whatsoever on the case, its progress and/or status and of course, the outcome of it.
Generally-speaking, this office seems more of a record-keeping entity than one which effectively handles
complaints which result in resolutions.
The Appeal Program for Inspection Reports for Class A, B and C Licensees (among others such as Licensed Animal
Carriers, Research Facilities, etc.) - this seems to be merely a "token" program (a.k.a. for appearance purposes
only). It is common to have the person contacted to assist with the complaint to wait the full six months he or
she is allotted to draft a response and then when the response is sent to the complaintant, it is one of scolding
and complete dismissal of the complaint.
In New York State, Commission on Judicial Ethics (there probably is a comparable commission in other states) - a
very small percentage of complaints are chosen to be presented to the Commission which meets in person and
discussees the complaint. If the Commission decides to investigate the complaint, the decision to either
prosecute the judge or dismiss the complaint will be taken. Most complaintants who have been fortunate
enough to have their applications chosen to be put before the Commission are not satisfied with the outcome.
There appears to be no rhyme or reason as to the decisions the Commission makes and, of course, complaintants
are not allowed to see any documents or files kept on the case.
State Agencies & Departments
"SBA" Small Business Advocate(s) - cannot enforce or investigate any complaints.
"EEOC" Mixed results from those who have taken this avenue
"OIG" Office of the Inspector General
"OAG" Office of the Attorney General of the State
Internal Auditor (typically a member of the agency's General Counsel) of the State Agency which is subject to the
"Board of Supervisors" of the County
County Compliance Officer
State Agency of Towns & Municipalities
Town & Village Government
One of the most common problems with town and village governments involves zoning & planning.