Andrew Cox is at present director of the House Power’s House Warfighting Evaluation Middle
A high House Power director saved intercourse toys at work, work a ‘mankini’ on high of his garments at a employees Christmas celebration, and reveled in innuendo and lewd feedback, in line with a damning inner report made public this week.
Andrew Cox, director of the House Power’s House Warfighting Evaluation Middle, has retained his job and his six-figure wage regardless of the report, which was launched within the fall of 2020 and accomplished in April 2021.
Cox was described within the report, obtained by Air Power Occasions, of being ‘technically sensible’ however ‘performing like a 13-year-old boy’.
The Air Power – below whose umbrella House Power falls – stated that the mater had been handled internally, however didn’t present particulars.
‘Mr. Cox stays the director of the House Warfighting Evaluation Middle,’ stated Ann Stefanek, Air Power spokesperson, on Friday.
‘The matter was addressed by means of established civilian personnel processes.’
Cox is seen addressing the Air Power Affiliation. He has been a authorities worker since 1997, rising by means of the ranks as a civilian
Cox is director of House Power’s House Warfighting Evaluation Middle – main the middle because it was established in April 2021
Cox, a civilian, entered authorities service in 1997, in line with his official biography, and climbed the ranks by means of quite a few army and intelligence neighborhood positions.
In 2011 he grew to become the top of the House Safety Program.
In 2013, he was named director of the Pentagon’s House Safety and Protection Program.
Cox was given as a joke a framed pair of tight, silver sparkly denims, and hung them framed behind his workplace door with a observe which learn: ‘Break right here within the occasion of an emergency.’
A number of years later, the report says, Cox was given at a vacation celebration a silver case full of intercourse toys and different paraphernalia which he saved in his workplace. The case was full of handcuffs, Vaseline, oils, intercourse toys and lockable ‘scorching pants’.
At one other workplace celebration, in 2018, with a ‘Dangerous Santa’ theme, he put a Borat-style ‘mankini’ on over his garments.
‘It was chartreuse inexperienced, and he introduced it out into the principle space,’ stated one particular person, quoted within the report.
‘He [told us he] put it on in entrance of his spouse and bent over and stated, ‘Honey, how do you want this?’
Cox donned a ‘mankini’ – on high of his garments – for a Christmas celebration at work
Some staff stated that Cox was a robust chief and workforce participant who asks ‘a few of the finest questions … of any chief within the House Power.’
One defined: ‘He has a management model the place he likes to convey everyone in, type of take the issue aside and have plenty of folks within the room.
‘When he’s not speaking enterprise, [he] is performing like a 13-year-old boy.’
One other added: ‘Cox has achieved good issues for this nation — issues that most individuals won’t ever learn about.
‘I would like him there, simply with out the [character] points.’
In August 2019, Cox and Frank Di Pentino, director of superior ideas, techniques and wargames, held a gathering to debate a presentation the next day.
‘The silver case got here up within the dialog, which prompted Mr. Cox to go subsequent door to his workplace and return with the silver case, inserting it open on the desk,’ the report stated.
‘Once I circled at one level, I noticed the director had eliminated a pair of handcuffs and was dangling them in his fingers.
‘I do keep in mind listening to one other ‘grrr’ purring sound from Mr. Di Pentino.
‘I by no means heard anybody counsel that they need to speak about one thing else or change the subject.’
The girl, a contractor with the protection agency SAIC who labored with SSDP, reported the incident shortly afterward.
Cox apologized a few month later.
Kamala Harris is seen visiting a House Power base in California in April this 12 months
Di Pentino was investigated, however the investigation was dropped when there was discovered to be inadequate proof.
One other time, Cox confronted nonjudicial punishment for presenting a ‘glass case with a gold G-string in it for an admiral’ who was leaving the Nationwide Reconnaissance Workplace, the report stated.
‘Cox described stuffing the crotch … with socks to make it look larger and put greenback payments in it.’
In response to the report, Cox mentioned male genital piercings and oral intercourse in public.
He was additionally allegedly a fan of utilizing the punchline ‘That’s what she stated’ – a comment that sexualizes in any other case innocuous feedback.
‘Witness testimony about Mr. Cox telling subordinates to look ‘Prince Albert’ on the web, or [to] seize somebody ‘by the balls and squeeze,’ give perception into the tradition [he] fostered and inspired,’ the report stated.
He inspired workplace ingesting, and prompt downing pictures of liquor, or tried to ‘lighten the temper’ after conferences with crude humor.
‘He doesn’t right his staff’ habits,’ the report added.
‘The tradition he promoted required these working at SSDP to have thick pores and skin and was unsuitable for a federal office.’
One feminine contractor who labored for SSDP till October 2020 give up due to Cox’s habits, which made her really feel ‘ostracized and uncomfortable,’ in line with the report.
As an alternative of fixing his habits total, Cox allegedly advised the girl he would ‘deal with [her] otherwise’ and with out his normal ‘silliness.’
He eliminated the sexual objects from his workplace in November 2020, when a number of folks filed complaints in opposition to him.
‘Complainants and [redacted] clearly misplaced confidence in his management, regardless of their appreciation of his management exterior of this habits,’ the investigation concluded.
‘[His] conduct was improper and unsuitable [and] compromised his standing as a senior govt service civilian.’
As an alternative of a 30-day suspension as initially proposed, Cox acquired a letter of reprimand, took successful on his efficiency overview, and misplaced out on bonus pay of greater than $27,000.
His nomination for a federal award, which got here with a money prize of practically $40,000, was additionally rescinded.
‘The Air Power totally acknowledged the substantiated allegations of unprofessional conduct by Mr. Cox and its influence on the workforce and mission,’ the service advised Doug Lamborn, a congressman representing Colorado, who requested concerning the report.
‘The Air Power additionally acknowledged that Mr. Cox had a spotless efficiency and conduct document.
‘The Air Power believes it took applicable motion in formally reprimanding Mr. Cox.’