Report Says Federal Security Director Violated Ethics and Policies

Florian was suspended following an internal investigation, and resigned in May 2005.
Florian and Department of Homeland Security officials did not say why she was placed on administrative leave. Florian posted a message on the Internet intimating that she was a victim of politics.
The Arizona Republic obtained a report by Homeland Security's inspector general which said that Florian resigned after investigations found 10 out of 16 allegations against her were true. These accusations involved Florian's violation of agency ethics and policies.
The report said investigators found evidence that Florian failed to report more than 40 days of unapproved "vacation" over a 27-month period. It also found that she used cellphones to talk about airport security while she was in Mexico, and that she used a federal vehicle as her personal car.
The report said she was not available to subordinates when they need to speak with her.
Florian told investigators she had not been trained in the proper protocol for vacations, and she did not realize she was in violation. She said she did not remember talking about security measures during cell phone calls, and claimed to have remained in constant contact with her office.
Florian said she felt entitled to a government car because of her work responsibilities.


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