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Washington Post’s Joe Davidson asks federal managers to respect whistleblowers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
The commissioned corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) work on the cutting edge of federal research and policy on diseases, medical devices, public health, global warming and our environment. Yet, they fall into an exclusion from the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) that denies them any of the protections of the … Continue Reading

Joe Davidson calls EPA’s OCR “a disaster area”

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
In today’s Washington Post, columnist Joe Davidson says, "If the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights were a chunk of ground, it would be declared a disaster area." Mr. Davidson recounts the findings made by Deloitte Consulting in a report released last month. He also noted the call made by the National Whistleblowers Center to oust OCR’s director, Rafael … Continue Reading

Cuccinelli’s misuse of the FCA

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Today’s Washington Post, Metro section, leads with a story by Rosalind Helderman called "Democrats try to curb Cuccinelli’s powers." The story reports on an effort by some Virginia Commonwealth Senators to change state law so that the state Attorney General must get court approval before issuing a "civil investigative demand" (CID). The proposal is an obvious response to concerns that … Continue Reading

In “Charging WikiLeaks,” Washington Post misses a better alternative

Posted in National Security
In yesterday’s Washington Post, an editorial called "Charging WikiLeaks" urges the Obama administration to refrain from pressing criminal charges against WikiLeaks leaders for releasing classified State Department cables. "Media outlets do not have a legal duty to abide by the government’s secrecy demands," the editorial declares. What should the government do? At the end of the editorial, the Post editors … Continue Reading

Stephen Kohn comments to Washington Post about leak probes

Posted in National Security
Ed O’Keefe of The Washington Post is quoting Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center, in a story appearing on today’s Fed Page. Called, "Immigration agency assailed over leak probe," the story reports on criticism the immigration service is getting from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 118. AFGE is upset that management at the … Continue Reading

Metro report finds “shoot the messenger” phenomenon; I know a fix

Posted in Department of Labor, Government Whistleblowers
Today’s Washington Post (Metro page B-1) reports on "a blunt assessment" of Washington DC’s Metro transit administration.  Retired Metro manager David L. Gunn wrote the report.  Among other problems, it finds a "shoot the messenger" phenomenon "that discourages employees from raising safety concerns." The report is particularly sobering in light of last year’s collision that killed nine people.  Metro has … Continue Reading

Comment on Metro safety, the STAA and the Washington Post

Posted in Department of Labor
On October 14, the Washington Post ran a story on Metro drivers going "Strictly by the Book" (p. B-1). The story highlights safety issues that reach beyond Metro. That the Post’s writer would be concerned about the disruption reveals a prevalent but dangerous attitude that speed is more important than safety. As an advocate for whistleblowers, I am particularly concerned … Continue Reading

FAMS Director supports aviation security whistleblowing

Posted in News
Robert MacLean is a former federal air marshal. During the Summer of 2003, he exposed a plan by the Transportation Security Administriation (TSA) to stop all overnight travel by the air marshals to save money on the budget.  This shutdown of air marshal travel came at the same time that the Department of Homeland Security was reporting an active al-Qaeda … Continue Reading

The Fight for Whistleblower Protections is Making Headlines — Thanks to All Supporters!!!

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
As you know, we have been waging an intense campaign for new whistleblower protection laws. We have experienced recent victories and setbacks. And now, prominent whistleblowers like Bunny Greenhouse are calling us all to action. Throughout this campaign, our staff has been incredibly impressed with the level of support shown by our blog readers, facebook users, and all other online … Continue Reading

Other DC Newspapers Get It….

Posted in Legislation, News
In the battle for the support of DC’s newspapers, whistleblowers are winning 2-1. As we reported yesterday, the Washington Post has come out against the comprehensive whistleblower protection provisions included in the economic stimulus package passed by the House of Representatives last week. The Post went so far as to say that the provisions should be pulled from the bill, … Continue Reading

Washington Post Was Dead Wrong

Posted in Legislation, News
Yesterday, as some of you may know, the Washington Post ran an ill-informed editorial criticizing House Congressional leaders for their inclusion of a government employee whistleblower rights provision in the economic stimulus bill that they passed the House of Representatives last week. (see response to the editorial) The Washington Post says that including whistleblower provisions in the legislation was "disengenous," … Continue Reading

Change (for the better) May Be In the Works for Whistleblowers; WaPost Story Highlights Obama’s Support

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
We told you that Obama’s hardest promise would be protecting whistleblowers.  According to today’s Washington Post, he just might be up for it. Many of us in the whistleblower community of supporters have been cautiously optimistic about the opportunity to pass truly meaningful whistleblower protection laws under an Obama administration. The President-elect has a history of supporting whistleblowers, in fact, … Continue Reading