According to the federal Office of Personnel Management these factors include:
The notoriety of the offense or its impact upon the reputation of the agency;
The employee’s past disciplinary record; and
Penalties might include suspension, demotion from the senior executive service or termination. Government employees can appeal punishments.
The particulars of the gift-giving allegations aside, the report also identified a PERVASIVE CULTURE of UNAUTHORIZED CONTACTS with the PRESS inside the FBI.
“We frequently find that the universe of DOJ and FBI employees who had access to sensitive information that has been leaked is substantial, often involving dozens, and in some instances,