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House Intel Claim that Snowden Had Whistleblower Protection Is False and Misleading

Posted in National Security, News
House Intel Claim that Snowden Had Whistleblower Protection Is False and MisleadingIn a brief 3-page report dated September 15, 2016, the House Intelligence Committee concluded that Edward Snowden “was not a whistleblower” because there were “laws and regulations in effect at the time” that “afforded him protection” and he failed to exercise those whistleblower rights.  The Committee report specifically cited the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998 (IC WPA) that… Continue Reading

OSC Withdraws Proposed Rule That May Have Had Unintended Consequences for Federal Contractors

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, National Security, News
OSC Withdraws Proposed Rule That Have Harmed Federal ContractorsIn January 2015, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) submitted a proposed rule it claimed would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of Federal contractors.  The National Whistleblower Center filed a public comment on March 23, 2015, stating that the proposed rule could cause more harm than good for employees of federal… Continue Reading

Court of Appeals Rules NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Illegal

Posted in National Security, News
NSA Whistleblower Edward SnowdenWashington, D.C.  May 7, 2015.  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) telephone metadata collection program, which gathers up millions of phone records on an ongoing daily basis, is illegal. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden first revealed documents confirming the illegal program’s existence in June of 2013. The government argued that it was authorized… Continue Reading

Discrimination in Intelligence Agencies Threatens National Security

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
Discrimination threat to National SecuritySputnik News published an interview today with National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn. In the interview Mr. Kohn discusses the fact that US intelligence agencies are failing to use the skills of Arab-American employees in the War on Terror. Kohn states in the article “There has been willful and intentional discrimination against loyal and patriotic Arab-Americans who have… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Advocacy Group Warns OSC Proposed Rule for Federal Contractors May Cause Harm

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Government Whistleblowers, National Security
federalk2In January the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of federal contractors.  However, as my previous blog on this proposed rule stated, the unintended consequences of this rule may cause more harm than good for employees of federal… Continue Reading

NSA Whistleblower Wins Sam Adams Award

Posted in National Security
binneyawardOn January 22, the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (Sam Adams) selected retired NSA Technical Director William “Bill” Binney to receive its 2015 award for integrity in intelligence. The award was presented  at a ceremony in Berlin, Germany. As a 36-year intelligence agency veteran, William Binney resigned from the NSA in 2001 and became a whistleblower after discovering… Continue Reading

OSC Proposed Rule For Federal Contractor Employees May Cause Confusion

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, National Security
OSC Withdraws Proposed Rule That Have Harmed Federal ContractorsWashington, D.C. January 22, 2015. Today the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of Federal contractors.  However, the unintended consequences of OSC’s proposed rule may cause more harm than good for employees of federal contractors. This rule may… Continue Reading

TSA Whistleblower Wins At Supreme Court

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
SupremeCourt2Washington, D.C.  January 21, 2015.  Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that former Air Marshall Robert MacLean was not “specifically prohibited by law” from disclosing information to the press about TSA’s plan to cutback on the number of air marshals during a terrorist alert.  Such a disclosure was against agency regulations. The Whistleblower Protection Act prohibits individuals in positions of… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in TSA Whistleblower Case

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
2009-03-08_14-06-45robertmaclean.JPGYesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean.  This case arises under the Whistleblower Protection Act. The Whistleblower Protection Act prohibits individuals in positions of authority from taking a “personnel action” against a government employee when the employee makes a disclosure, which the employee reasonable believes to evidence a “substantial and specific danger to… Continue Reading

Intelligence Whistleblowers Should Use “Expanded Protections” With Caution

Posted in National Security, News, Uncategorized
New intelligence community whistleblower protections lacking On July 7, 2014, President Obama signed the “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.” This bill includes a section providing “Protection Of Intelligence Community Whistleblowers.” These protections specify that employees who divulge information about possible misconduct within their agencies to their Inspectors General or other designated intelligence offices will be protected. Stephen M.… Continue Reading

Congress Slams National Security Whistleblowers Again!

Posted in National Security
Take Action! As part of a House/Senate Conference approved Tuesday, Congress passed an “Enhancement Act” for Department of Defense contractors.  These contractors already had a right to go to federal court and obtain a jury trial.  However, this new “Enhancement Act” creates a “National Security Exception” that does not exist in the current law.  The new amendment states that whistleblower… Continue Reading

Presidential Policy Directive on Whistleblowers Draws Criticism

Posted in National Security, News
A recent White House directive on national security whistleblowers has sparked a major dialog in the whistleblower community. You can read the National Whistleblowers Center’s press release on the directive here. Below is a full-text analysis from the Whistleblower Support Fund’s Linda Lewis (originally published here).  On Wednesday, President Obama signed a new Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-19) entitled, “Protecting Whistleblowers with… Continue Reading

NWC joins in amicus to Federal Circuit on Conyers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
Today the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) joined with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in an amicus brief filed by the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). The brief urges the Federal Circuit to reverse the holding of its panel decision in Berry v. Conyers.  There, the Court held that the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) does not have jurisdiction over… Continue Reading

Happy Birthday! Lloyd-La Follette Act

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
Today is the 100th anniversary of the Lloyd-La Follette Act, a milestone in our nation’s protections for government whistleblowers and a watershed in the balance of power between Congress and the President.  In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt issued an executive order prohibiting all federal employees from making disclosures to Congress without the permission of their supervisor. In 1909, President Howard… Continue Reading

ATF attempts to stifle “outside” whistleblowing

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
John Solomon, writing in the Washington Guardian, is reporting today that B. Todd Jones, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), released a video last week to all employees. In the video, Jones warns that there would be “consequences” for any employees who report wrongdoing outside their chain of command. Jones was a federal… Continue Reading

MSPB holds it can address due process in security clearance cases

Posted in National Security
In two landmark decisions last week, the federal Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) held that it does have the authority to enforce the procedural protections for federal employees who suffer adverse employment actions as a result of issues with their security clearances.  The MSPB recognizes that it does not have authority to review the security determinations themselves, respecting the Supreme… Continue Reading