Politico’s Erika Lovley has an excellent piece this morning about the Congressional scandals that we don’t see, through the Congressional Office of Compliance.

In fiscal year 2009 — the most recent year reported by the OOC — the office settled 13 cases for nearly $830,000. . . Quite often, the harassment cases, after a secretive mediation process, can land staffers retroactive raises, vacation time and cash payouts for their perceived pain and suffering.

It’s good that the OCC exists to defend suffering congressional staffers, but when taxpayers foot the bill, doesn’t it seem that the abusing boss gets off the hook too easily?