A Pentagon spokesperson declined to remark, citing Reid’s private privateness. And Reid, reached by POLITICO, mentioned he couldn’t focus on the matter with out prior approval from the Pentagon press workplace and didn’t reply to direct questions on his present employment standing.
Reid, 63, has been finishing up a collection of high-profile duties for the reason that IG investigation was accomplished in April 2020 after a minimum of 4 nameless complaints relationship again to 2019.
Reid, who has labored on the Pentagon for 15 years, led the Afghanistan Crisis Action Group created in the course of the chaotic U.S. army withdrawal final yr.
The group was chargeable for screening and resettling Afghans who labored with American troops and are at risk of being punished or killed by the Taliban or different terrorist teams.
Reid’s workplace was additionally chargeable for bettering the screening of army recruits for extremist conduct after dozens of veterans have been implicated within the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.
The prospect that radical parts are hiding contained in the army has pressured the Pentagon to develop new coaching and improve the authorized instruments at its disposal to identify troopers who could also be supporting violent teams reminiscent of white supremacists or in any other case violating their oath to the Structure.
The IG probe investigated Reid’s relationship with two feminine subordinates, together with allegations of inappropriate hugging and kissing, commuting to work and exercising with certainly one of them, and holding frequent non-public conferences and lunches that additional gave the looks they have been having an intimate relationship.
“We concluded that Mr. Reid’s total course of conduct with [the first] subordinate … created a widespread notion of an inappropriate relationship and favoritism,” the IG concluded. “Nonetheless, we didn’t discover proof to substantiate the nameless allegation that Mr. Reid and [the subordinate] engaged in a ‘sexual affair’ and each denied the allegation.”
The investigators acknowledged that “we did discover many situations of conduct by Mr. Reid in direction of her that have been unduly private and never skilled or efficiency associated.”
The IG’s workplace, which interviewed some two dozen workers, didn’t corroborate allegations by different workers that Reid had a sexual relationship with the second subordinate.
Reid, in his response to investigators, additionally refuted the allegations that he created the notion of improper conduct for many who labored for him.
However the IG mentioned, “We stand by our conclusion that Mr. Reid ought to have used higher judgment to keep away from making a widespread notion of an inappropriate relationship and favoritism.”
The IG additionally discovered that Reid improperly used his private e-mail to conduct official enterprise, a possible violation of Pentagon coverage.
He didn’t share categorised info however “forwarded DoD official communications and knowledge marked as ‘FOUO,’ ‘Unclassified/FOUO,’ and ‘Managed Unclassified Data’ to his private e-mail accounts,” the report mentioned, referring to For Official Use Solely info.
Reid maintained that the improper use of e-mail was needed resulting from “the fast-paced, short-fused mission necessities, usually working at dwelling late at evening to fulfill overwhelming calls for” of his workplace’s mission, in line with the IG report.
The IG’s findings have been launched underneath the Freedom of Data Act and first reported by the DeBrief, a science and know-how web site.
Since 2007, Reid has labored within the Workplace of the Undersecretary of Intelligence, the place he has been chargeable for overseeing counterintelligence coverage and intelligence evaluation.
Two former authorities officers mentioned he’s additionally named in a separate IG complaint into whether or not DoD officers retaliated in opposition to a former worker who went public in 2017 with complaints that officers weren’t taking significantly sufficient studies of “unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP),” the nomenclature the Pentagon now makes use of to explain UFOs.
Across the similar time final yr, the IG separately opened an investigation into the division’s actions concerning UAPs.
The DoD IG has not responded to current inquiries concerning the standing of these probes.