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National Security Whistleblowers: Systemic Failures and Broken Promises Exposed in Leaked Report

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, National Security, News
National Security Whistleblowers: Systemic Failures and Broken Promises Exposed in Leaked ReportOver the weekend the Daily Beast reported on a leaked draft investigative report that exposed the systemic failures in the flawed intelligence community whistleblower program. According to this report, late last year the Trump Administration put a lid on the finalization of an investigation of the whistleblower program failures by the Inspector General for all intelligence agencies. … Continue Reading

Sessions’ Memo To DOJ Threatens Whistleblower Rights

Posted in Federal Employee Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News, Politics
Sessions' Memo To DOJ Threatens Whistleblower RightsIn a memo dated January 29, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed Department of Justice (DOJ) heads to not communicate with “senators, representatives, congressional committees, or congressional staff” without first consulting with the DOJ Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA). Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a long-time advocate for whistleblower rights, has expressed his concern regarding the legality of the Attorney Sessions’… Continue Reading

The National Whistleblower Center Supports #MeToo Legislation

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News, Whistleblowing Works
The National Whistleblower Center Supports #MeToo LegislationThe National Whistleblower Center, as a member of the Workplace Sexual Harassment Coalition, has signed a letter to the House of Representatives with a set of recommendations for the bipartisan bill, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act. In the midst of the #MeToo movement, the bill aims to improve the workplace environment for Congressional staff.… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Beware: Your Work Computer Is Probably Monitored

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Environmental Whistleblowers, FBI Whistleblower Blog, FBI Whistleblowers, FDA Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers, Trucker whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Before Blowing the Whistle, Make Sure to Secure Your Tech PrivacyPicture this: while at work you become aware of conduct that you believe is unethical, illegal, or qualifies as government waste, fraud, or abuse. You decide you want to blow the whistle. But before you act, be careful! Most corporate and government networks log traffic. Your work computer and phone are not private. When you use a company or department… Continue Reading

Federal Whistleblowers Have Faced Government Shutdown on Justice For Over a Year

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation
Government Shutdown and the Merit Systems Protection BoardAll around the nation, hundreds of thousands of federal employees did not report to work today because of the federal government shutdown. Military families will not receive death benefits, active duty soldiers will not be paid, and the aggregate effects of a shutdown are expected to cost the American economy about $1 billion per day.… Continue Reading

VA Whistleblower Protections Signed into Law; Don’t Go Far Enough

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
VA WhistleblowersJune 23, 2017. Washington, D.C. Today President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. The law aims to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and reprisal and will require training of all VA employees about whistleblower protections. The Veterans Affairs (VA) Whistleblower Office  created by President Trump in April becomes permanent under the new law.… Continue Reading

MSPB Rules Creation of Hostile Work Environment Violates WPA

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, News
MSPB Rules Creation of Hostile Work Environment Violates WPAWashington, D.C. September 8, 2015. In a precedent setting decision, Savage v. Department of the Army, 2015 M.S.B.P. 51 (Sept. 3, 2015), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ruled that the creation of a hostile work environment standing alone violates the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). The WPA provides protection to federal workers who blow the whistle on fraud within the federal… Continue Reading

House Passes Bill to Expand Protections for Federal Employees Against Discrimination

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
House Passes Bill to Expand Protections for Federal Employees Against DiscriminationYesterday, the House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 403-0, a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to strengthen equal employment protections for federal workers. Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, as well as Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton, James F. Sensenbrenner, and Sheila Jackson Lee cosponsored the… Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Announces Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus on 25th Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
Today Senator Charles Grassley, the leading champion of whistleblower protection on Capitol Hill, announced that the formation of a Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus at the start of the 114thCongress. Later today he will give a speech on the floor of the Senate to highlight the importance of whistleblowers to government operations and to encourage his fellow senators to join him… Continue Reading

MSPB Urged to Retroactively Apply WEPA

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
Today the National Whistleblower Center filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), in the case of Day v. Department of Homeland Security. At issue is whether the new definition of a protected disclosure set forth in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act will apply to cases pending and/or which arose before that law was passed.… Continue Reading

NWC and No FEAR Coalition Announce Endorsement of Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
Today, the National Whistleblowers Center and the No FEAR Coalition announced their support for the immediate passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) for federal employee whistleblowers. The decision to support the Senate version (S. 743) of the WPEA came after the Senate removed a final poison pill from the bill.… Continue Reading

ATF’s Orwellian Warning to Whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
In Washington, there's an old cliché: The definition of a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. So this recent internal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) video gone viral, one of several internal "changecasts" from Acting ATF director B. Todd Jones, has got to qualify him for induction into the Gaffe Hall of Fame.… Continue Reading

House Flip Flops on Jury Trials in Whistleblower Protection Act

Posted in Legislation
On Thursday the House Oversight Committee marked up the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. Similar bills have been passed during the past few sessions of Congress but never signed into law. Each new session of Congress brings a new start to the process. Important language from past versions of the bill has been removed during this session, undoing significant progress for… Continue Reading

Legal Battle Finally Over for an “American Hero”

Posted in News
The NWC is pleased to announce that whistleblower hero Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse has finally won a six-year legal battle against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 2005, Ms. Greenhouse blew the whistle on the Army Corps for extensive contractor fraud in which they were awarding secret, non-compete contracts worth billions of dollars to Halliburton’s subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR). Six… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Protection for Federal Employee — Let’s Get it Right

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
TAKE ACTION! The new Congress gives whistleblower advocates an opportunity to make a new start on the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act ("WPEA"). The National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) today calls on legislators and advocates to get it right this time.  Legal protections for federal employees should be enhanced without any provisions that would take away presently existing rights.  If any poison pills… Continue Reading

NWC Responds to Letter from Whistleblowers

Posted in Legislation
Please take the time to read the two response letters. The first letter is from Dr. Frederic Whitehurst and Jane Turner, two FBI whistleblowers and members of the NWC's Board of Directors. The second letter is from NWC Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn.… Continue Reading

DC Circuit finds federal employees have more protection from discrimination

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision on Friday that offers federal employees more protection from discrimination than employees in the private sector currently enjoy. The decision is Ford v. Mabus, No. 09-5041 (DC Cir. 12-10-2010). Richard Ford worked for the U.S. Navy as an engineer from 1964 until his retirement in 1997.… Continue Reading