Wicker Statement on Commerce Department’s Report Confirming Misconduct at ITMS

September 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today released the following statement after the Department of Commerce issued a report on the misconduct at the Investigations and Threat Management Service (ITMS):

“I am encouraged by the actions taken by Secretary Raimondo to correct the egregious misconduct within the Commerce Department,” said Wicker. “I will complete a thorough review of the Secretary’s report and consider additional oversight to ensure compliance with these corrective actions. We will continue to investigate why the Department’s Inspector General previously failed to address the allegations of abuse of power, ethnic targeting, and reprisal by ITMS staff.”

Wicker launched an investigation into alleged misconduct in the ITMS after whistleblowers reported a variety of improper activities dating back to the mid-2000s involving abuse of authority, mismanagement, and reprisal against Department employees. In July, Wicker released a Committee report detailing the misconduct.