The U.S. Justice Department’s Inspector General identifed “troubling” problems with alleged retaliation and stonewalling at the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Fusion Center, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Investigators identified a “strained working relationship” between the center's leadership and the FBI employees detailed to it, as well as “deficiencies” in production. The report said FBI employees detailed to the center had been retaliated against for discussing problems.
The center's leadership rejected the claim, and the Justice Department said it had begun to implement changes at the center suggeted by the Inspector General. the center got 4,683 requests in 2012 for various information products. It has a budget of about $29 million a year and about 195 staffers.