Mr. Colin Browne worked as a program advisor for the UDC Career Counseling and Development Center. Throughout his term, he discovered many flaws within the system. For example, Kevin Naiker, the former Director of UDC’s “Team 100” retention program, and others were purposely spinning the retention numbers. UDC's “Team 100” retention program is a federally funded program for at-risk students. Mr. Browne also discovered that Kevin Naiker, who was supervising him for his licensure, did not have a doctoral degree, nor was he licensed. As these discoveries came to light, Mr. Browne’s nightmare began, yet he faced adversity with courage and righteousness.Continue Reading...
Alert observers may look for the nominees' responses to questions about the effectiveness of whistleblower remedies currently available through MSPB, how the nominees might use the power provided by 5 U.S.C. §1204(a)(3) to conduct studies on whether the protections are adequate, and how MSPB could apply 5 U.S.C. §1214(g) to provide remedies for federal employee whistleblowers. The nominees might also face questions about MSPB's standards for orders staying a reprisal in Individual Right of Action (IRA) cases under 5 U.S.C. §1221(c). The current MSPB regulation at 5 CFR §1209.10(b)(3) requires a showing of "substantial likelihood" whereas the standard under 5 CFR §1201.134(a) only requires a "reasonable grounds to believe" for requests made by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Finally, there might be some discussion of the pending Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), and how MSPB might respond to proposals made in various versions of that bill.
Now the Franken Amendment is heading to a House-Senate conference committee. All of the members of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittees in both the House and Senate will be the ones to decide whether this amendment stays in the bill or is stripped out. They could make this decision early next week. Please contact the Senators and Representatives from your state and urge them to make sure this important amendment stays in the bill. Here is a possible script for you to use when you make your calls:
Good morning my name is ___________ and I'm calling on behalf of ________________. I am calling to ask for Sen./Rep. _____________'s support of Amendment 2588, sponsored by Senator Al Franken and co-sponsored by Senator Mary Landrieu, to H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act. This is an important amendment because it would bar defense contractors from imposing forced arbitration clauses on their employees for only Title VII violations and sexual assault claims. The amendment passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 68-30 and now must be protected in conference.
If the amendment survives conference committee, companies like Halliburton will no longer be able to get federal defense contracts if they deny employees their day in court when they are subjected to rape, sexual assault, or a hostile working environment. We need your boss's help to ensure that the amendment isn't taken out of the bill in conference.
Jon Stewart did a great segment on the Franken Amendment. You can watch it by following this link.
Peter Stockton and David Burnham answer questions from the audience at the Whistleblower Film Festival last night. After the showing of Silkwood, Burnham recounted his experience as the New York Times reporter waiting to meet with Karen Silkwood on the night she died. Peter Stockton was the senior investigator for the House of Representatives into the mysterious death of Karen Silkwood and the mysterious termination of the government investigations into Kerr-McGee's falsification of safety x-rays. Stockton and Burnham also explained how they declined to have their names and likenesses portrayed in the movie.
The next movie in the Whistleblower Film Festival will be The Insider. It will be at Room 2247 of the Rayburn House Office Building next Thursday, October 22, 2009, at 6:30 pm. Each film is free and open to the public. Dr. Jeffrey Wigand is scheduled to attend next week and answer questions after the film. The last film in the series will be October 29's showing of The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers at the Capitol Visitors Center.Continue Reading...