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- November 30, 2015

Will Clinton Angle To Give Today's Fundraising Host Another Patronage Appointment After She Left The Clinton State Department In Disgrace?


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  • Today, Hillary Clinton is fundraising in Miami, Florida with longtime donor and former Clinton State Department staffer Dawn McCall.
  • McCall left the State Department in disgrace following a scathing Inspector General report criticizing her mismanagement of funds, as well as her morale-killing leadership style.
  • In one now famous incident, McCall spent hundreds of thousands in taxpayer funds to help the State Department accrue likes on Facebook.

Today, Dawn McCall Is Hosting A Fundraiser For Hillary Clinton In Miami, Florida. "Hillary Clinton will be attending a late afternoon fundraiser in Miami Beach, Florida. The event is hosted by Dawn McCall and Gail Williams." ("Fundraiser For Hillary Clinton," Political Party Time, Accessed 11/25/15)

McCall Was Appointed The State Department To Oversee The Department's Bureau Of International Information Programs Under Hillary Clinton. " The State Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawn L. McCall as Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) at the Department of State." ("Appointment Of Dawn L. McCall As Coordinator Of The International Information Programs Bureau," Department Of State, 6/27/10, Accessed 11/24/15)

Before Receiving Her Appointment, McCall Contributed To Hillary Clinton's Senate And Presidential Campaigns Seven Times. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 11/25/15)

DAWN MCCALL'S WASTEFUL PROGRAM TO "BUY LIKES" ON THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S FACEBOOK PAGE MADE HEADLINES IN 2013, BUT IT WASN'T HER ONLY ATTEMPT TO WASTE TAXPAYER DOLLARS

As Coordinator Of IPP, Dawn McCall Spent $630,000 On Two Social Media Campaigns Aimed At Boosting State Department Page "Likes." "[McCall] initiated two campaigns in 2011 and 2012, with the goal of building global outreach platforms for engagement with foreign audiences by increasing the number of fans on IIP's four thematic Facebook properties, primarily through advertising as well as through some page improvements. The bureau spent about $630,000 on the two campaigns … " (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)

  • This Tactic Of "Buying Fans" Was Criticized By Many In The Bureau. "Many in the bureau criticize the advertising campaigns as 'buying fans' who may have once clicked on an ad or 'liked' a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further." (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)

McCall Proposed A $1.8 Million Overhaul To Re-Do The Three Year Old Office Space Of The IPP. "IIP is located in well-appointed office space near the Department, sharing a leased building with other Department entities … The space was configured and furnishings provided 3 years ago. The IIP coordinator had proposed spending $1.8 million to convert IIP space to an open floor plan." (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)

The Huffington Post Headline: "State Department Facebook: DOS Spent $630,000 On 'Likes' For Social Media Pages, Report Indicates" (Sarah Gates, "State Department Facebook: DOS Spent $630,000 On 'Likes' For Social Media Pages, Report Indicates," The Huffington Post, 7/3/13)

Foreign Policy Headline: "OMG! State Department Dropped $630,000 On Facebook 'Likes'" (John Hudson, "OMG! State Department Dropped $630,000 On Facebook 'Likes,'" Foreign Policy, 7/2/13)

MCCALL'S MANAGEMENT STYLE WAS THE SUBJECT OF A SCATHING INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT, LEADING TO HER ULTIMATE RESIGNATION

Under McCall There Was A "Pervasive Perception Of Cronyism" At The International Information Programs Bureau. "A pervasive perception of cronyism exists in the bureau, aggravating the serious morale problem." (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)

  • McCall Brought On Her Former Colleague With No Government Experience Or Familiarity With The IPP Programs And Services To Oversee Certain Operations. "[McCall] brought a former colleague from the private sector into the bureau to oversee the operation, which is attached to the front office. However, that employee had no U.S. Government experience with the issues surrounding PD research or familiarity with the programs, products, and services IIP offers. At about the same time, the Office of Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs transferred to IIP the responsibility for managing a PD database for tracking embassies' work, along with the responsibility for preparing a report assessing the global impact of PD. Since the 2011 reorganization that put these changes in place, the office has accomplished little." (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)

Following Her Arrival, McCall Instituted A "Top-Down" Approach To Management Which "Damaged Morale" And "Created A Gulf Between Her And Staff." " [McCall's] top-down approach to change management and daily leadership damaged morale and created a gulf between her and staff." (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)

  • The Already Low Morale At IPP "Plummeted" Further Under McCall. "As a consequence of the reorganization, and the manner in which [McCall] handled it, the already low morale in IIP has plummeted. A widespread perception exists that those who question changes are marginalized or forced out of the bureau." (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)
  • IPP Employees Reported That McCall Belittled And Demeaned Her Staff By Using Profanity At Meetings . "Employees report that, on occasion, the coordinator shouts and uses profanity at meetings. Such behavior is belittling and demeaning to staff and has a devastating effect on morale." (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)
  • McCall Scored Lowest In Every Category Of Leadership Characteristics In An IG Questionnaire Administered To IPP Employees. " Sixty-six percent of IIP's workforce responded to an OIG questionnaire asking them to rate bureau managers on 13 leadership characteristics. The coordinator's scores were the lowest in every category compared with those received by any of the previous 14 assistant secretaries or equivalents whose bureaus OIG inspected." (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)
  • McCall Exhibited Poor Management Skills, And Often Expressed That Her Staff At The State Department Needed To "Get On The Bus." "Many staff members described the bureau atmosphere as toxic and leadership's tolerance of dissenting views as nonexistent. The OIG team found examples of management-directed changes to position descriptions and job responsibilities, including detail assignments outside the bureau, which staff perceived as punitive, an assessment with which the OIG team concurs. The coordinator talked openly to inspectors about the need for staff to 'get on the bus.'" (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)

McCall Resigned In The Middle Of The State Department's IG's Inspection. "During the inspection the coordinator announced to bureau staff that she had submitted her resignation." (State Department Office Of Inspector General, "Inspection Of The Bureau Of International Information Programs," Department Of State, 5/13)


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