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Discrimination in Intelligence Agencies Threatens National Security

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security
Sputnik 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

Crime Lab Whistleblower Discusses Bad FBI Science

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
FBI Admission of Crime Lab “Errors” In Hair CasesDr. Frederic Whitehurst, the FBI scientist who blew the whistle on misconduct at the FBI crime lab, was recently interviewed by Andrew Cohen of The Marshall Project.  In the interview Dr. Whitehurst discusses the recent admission by the FBI of “errors” by the crime lab in hair analysis cases. Read the full interview: Bad FBI Science: A forensic whistleblower on the… Continue Reading

Legislation Introduced to Strengthen Protections for Military Whistleblowers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation
U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) today introduced the Legal Justice for Servicemembers Act. This legislation would strengthen the protections for military whistleblowers and ensure that servicemembers receive the justice they deserve. The legislation would ensure that claims of retaliation are fairly and thoroughly investigated by allowing servicemembers… Continue Reading

House Holds Hearing Addressing Continued Whistleblower Retaliation Within VA

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
VA WhistleblowersOn April 13, 2015, the House subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs heard testimony on whistleblower retaliation within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). The hearing focused on the treatment of whistleblowers within the VA, particularly the types and levels of retaliation they experience when reporting problems. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner testified that “In several cases,… Continue Reading

NWC Releases Press Statement Regarding FBI Crime Lab Errors

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
The National Whistleblower Center issued the following Press Statement today: FBI Admission of Crime Lab “Errors” In Hair Cases Vindicates Whistleblower Washington, D.C. April 20, 2015. Yesterday, the Washington Post published a front-page article reporting that the FBI has finally admitted the FBI Lab’s forensic hair analyses used for decades in state and federal criminal cases were flawed and inaccurate… Continue Reading

NPR Highlights FBI Whistleblower’s 10-Year Road to Vindication

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
FBI Whistleblower’s Decade Long Journey to Vindication Featured On NPRThe Federal Bureau of Investigation is under pressure to fix it’s broken whistleblower process. In February 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that whistleblower protections at the FBI are weaker than at any other agency. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing in March and whistleblower advocacy groups are calling for change. The GAO Report found that the Department… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Advocacy Groups Call for Removal of Commerce IG Zinser

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
Whistleblower Advocacy Groups Call for Removal of Commerce IG ZinserOn March 31, I posted a blog entitled “House Investigation Reveals Commerce IG’s Pattern of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers,” reporting the findings of a two-year investigation by the House Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight
Committee on Science, Space & Technology. The investigation found that Department of Commerce’s Inspector General Todd Zinser and his closest staff had “over a period of many years… Continue Reading

House Investigation Reveals Commerce IG’s Pattern of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
Representative Johnson calls for Commerce IG Todd Zinser to be removed from office The House Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight
Committee on Science, Space & Technology opened an investigation two years ago on Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser and his management of his office.   On March 26, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Ranking Member, delivered a floor statement that laid out… 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
In 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

VA Whistleblower Protection Legislation Unnecessary Says Agency

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation
VA WhistleblowersOn March 19, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a legislative hearing on H.R. 571, the Veterans Affairs Retaliation Prevention Act of 2015. H.R. 571 would provide Veterans’ Affairs (VA) employees who seek to report potential government waste, criminal behavior, or compromised healthcare services within the VA a set process to fix problems at the lowest level… Continue Reading

The Dissenter: FBI’s Culture of Hostility Toward Whistleblowers

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
On March 5, Kevin Gosztola wrote the below article about the FBI’s failed whistleblower program and the recent Senate hearings, for The Dissenter on Firedoglake. FBI’s Culture of Hostility Toward Whistleblowers—And How Justice Department Permits Policy of Retaliation On March 6, Sputnik News also published an article about the failure of the FBI to protect whistleblowers. FBI Whistleblower Protection Program ‘Broken’… Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblower Jane Turner’s Case Featured In Washington Post

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
FBI Whistleblower Jane TurnerOn March 4, 2015  the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the lack of whistleblower protections for FBI employees. A focus of the hearing was a February 2015 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that whistleblower protections at the FBI are weaker than at any other agency. The GAO Report found that the Department of Justice’s FBI… Continue Reading

Senate Hearing Examines Broken FBI Whistleblower Program

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower CenterWashington, D.C. March 4, 2015. The lack of whistleblower protections for FBI employees was the subject of a Senate Judiciary Hearing held Wednesday, March 4. Senators from both sides of the aisle were outraged by the amount of retaliation FBI whistleblowers face along with the failure of the FBI whistleblower program to appropriately handle such cases. Stephen M. Kohn, Executive… Continue Reading

Action Alert Asks Congress to Fix the FBI Whistleblower Program

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, News
Urgent Action Needed!! The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a critical hearing Wednesday, March 4, 2015 on FBI whistleblowers.  They will hear testimony from current and former FBI agents and the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center describing how FBI whistleblowers are subjected to illegal retaliation, and how the system designed to protect them is “broken.” Take Action and… Continue Reading

NSA Whistleblower Wins Sam Adams Award

Posted in National Security
On 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
Washington, 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
Yesterday 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

Senators Seek Release of FBI Whistleblower Report

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden sent a letter to President Obama pressing him to release a report on effectiveness of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regulations for protecting whistleblowers.  President Obama requested the report from the Attorney General almost two years ago.  The report “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information,” is 14-months… Continue Reading

Four Questions About the FBI Lab Scandal

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
July 30, 2014 – Another front-page story about the FBI Lab Scandal appeared in the Washington Post today.  In this story, we learned that the FBI unilaterally stopped reviewing thousands of criminal cases to determine if tainted forensic evidence was used to obtain convictions simply because the FBI did not like the results of the review.  It turned out that… Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblower Jane Turner Discusses Her Whistleblowing Experiences

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
In an article on the legal news website, Lawyers and Settlements, FBI whistleblower Jane Turner discuses her whistleblowing experiences.  In the article “FBI Whistleblower Regrets Nothing,”  Turner says “It destroyed me to lose the job that meant so much to me.” However, “I thought if I don’t speak up, who will?” she stated. Read the full article here.… Continue Reading

Justice Department OIG: Number of Cases Impacted by FBI Lab Scandal “Is Really Unknown”

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
On July 22, 2014, Cynthia Schnedar, Deputy Inspector General at the Justice Department, was interviewed by Federal News Radio about the DOJ OIG’s recent bombshell report documenting how DOJ failed to properly review criminal convictions that were impacted by the FBI Lab scandal in the 1990s. Notably, the OIG report found that 16 people were executed and 8 prisoners died… Continue Reading