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Terence Flynn, one of five members of the National Labor Relations Board, finally called it quits over the Memorial Day weekend. Flynn had been the subject of two recent investigative reports from the agency’s inspector general, who accused the board member of ethics violations. CorpCounsel.com obtained a copy of Flynn’s resignation letter [PDF] from an NLRB spokesperson. Although Flynn’s resignation is not effective until July 24, in his letter he immediately recused himself from all agency business. He also asked that President Obama withdraw his formal nomination to the NLRB. NLRB inspector general David Berry issued his first report [PDF] regarding Flynn in March. The IG found that while Flynn served as chief counsel to board member Brian Hayes, he leaked information to former NLRB members Peter Schaumber and Peter Kirsanow, both of whom were in private practice at the time. Flynn began working for the board in 2003 as chief counsel to Schaumber, whose second term expired in August 2010. Berry expanded the scope of his second probe to include Flynn’s e-mail messages spanning from Schaumber’s departure until the time at which Flynn was told he was the subject of an investigation. Flynn’s resignation follows an April 30 report from Berry [PDF], in which he found that Flynn leaked additional information to Schaumber. Berry wrote:
Flynn released deliberative nonpublic information that included, among other things, a draft of a board majority decision and four dissents that had not yet been issued, as well as other deliberative nonpublic information involving the processing of cases and issues by the board.