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Upcoming Appeals Case Threatens Whistleblower Protections

August 19, 2016

An upcoming appeals case could make it nearly impossible for whistleblowers to win cases against employers who illegally retaliate. The case threatens to shift the evidentiary burden from the employer back to the employee, a development that would be contrary to all recent legislation and case law.

Watchdog Uncovers Contractor Fraud in U.S. Humanitarian Aid

August 8, 2016

More than $200 million in U.S. humanitarian aid to Syria has been frozen after a government watchdog began investigating allegations of contractor fraud. USAID has come under scrutiny for not implementing much needed financial oversight.

Lack of Oversight in Missile Defense Acquisition Leads to Waste

August 8, 2016

A recent report by the Union for Concerned Scientists reveals that more than $40 billion has been spent over 15 years on a missile defense system that has questionable operational ability.

GAO Report Confirms DOE has Failed to Protect Whistleblowers

August 4, 2016

At a press conference earlier this month, Senators Markey, McCaskill, and Wyden commented on a new GAO report that details the ineffectiveness of whistleblower protections for contractor employees, and DOE’s infrequent use of its enforcement authority.

Amendment to Protect State Dept. Whistleblower a First Step

July 8, 2016

Representative Sean Duffy introduced an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act that would protect a federal whistleblower who refused to break federal regulations. The amendment highlights vulnerabilities in whistleblower protection law that lawmakers must address.

NDAA Markups Continue Under a Veil of Secrecy

June 9, 2016

The Senate Armed Service Committee continues to stymie transparency by holding NDAA markups in closed sessions. The Project On Government Oversight believes the Committee ought to permit the democratic process to unfold and move discussion of unclassified policy amendments to open sessions.