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Monthly Archives: October 2008

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AP: DoD Inspector General’s Office’s “Demoralized” Staff Rejects Over 90% of Whistleblower Claims

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security, News
This morning, the AP released a story detailing the failure of the Department of Defense Inspector General’s (DoD IG) office to perform it’s two essential functions: (a) protect military whistleblowers and (b)investigate their claims. As one whistleblower in the story says: "They are supposed to serve as the conscience of the Department of Defense. And they’re not." The AP used Freedom of Information Act… Continue Reading

After NWC Visit, Hungary Developing Whistleblower Laws

Posted in International, News
The National Whistleblower Center is reporting success with their international training initiative. NWC President Stephen Kohn recently met with government leaders in Hungary, and as a direct result, their Justice Minister has announced a new initiative to develop effective whistleblower protections for their workers.… Continue Reading

Bloch Fired…finally.

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
  It has become apparent that Scott Bloch, head of the Office of Special Counsel, was fired by the Bush Administration. This decision comes more than five months after Bloch became the target of an federal obstruction of  justice probe. Bloch’s tenure has been a tumultuous one, and federal government whistleblowers have paid a heavy price. The National Whistleblower Center’s President, Stephen M. Kohn, issued the following… Continue Reading

Scott Bloch, Head of OSC, to Resign

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
UPDATE: The Washington Post is now reporting the Scott Bloch has resigned, effective yesterday, after a meeting with White House officials. The Post is covering the Bloch resignation HERE and HERE  Click here to view Bloch’s resignation letter.     UPDATE:   GOVEXEC.COM IS NOW REPORTING THAT THE WHITE HOUSE FORCED BLOCH OUT.    GovernmentExecutive.com is reporting the Office of Special Counsel… Continue Reading

Reporter Refuses to Name Sources Who Smeared DOJ Whistleblower

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security, News
On September 11, we reported on the whistleblower case of former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino. Mr. Convertino has brought a Privacy Act action against the US government for leaking disparaging information with the goal of smearing Mr. Convertino in retribution for blowing the whistle on DOJ mismanagement of terrorism investigations. Last month, Federal Judge Max Cleland ordered Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter to appear and testify in depositions… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Key Case Affecting Whistleblower Rights

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
Today the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. The court’s decision will decide whether employees who participate in an internal company investigation are protected by law. The National Whistleblowers Center has more information on this case, including the briefs filed by both parties. Click here to read the press release… Continue Reading

Court Dismisses SOX Case for Arbitration

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
The following blog post was authored by Richard Renner, the Legal Director for the National Whistleblower Center. Click Here to view Richard’s Bio                            ——————————————————————————————————————————— A federal appeals court in New York has held that an employer’s mandatory arbitration agreement prohibits employees from seeking jury trials in Sarbanes-Oxley cases. On October 2, 2008, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed… Continue Reading

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in Critical Employee Rights Case

Posted in News
 Next Wednesday, October 8, 2008, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case of Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville. The issue is whether employees are protected from retaliation when they answer questions in an employer’s internal investigation of a discrimination claim. In Vicky Crawford’s case, the City received reports that a supervisor was engaging in… Continue Reading