Many federal watchdogs have posted clear and comprehensive information about whistleblower protection ombudsmen on their websites, according to a review by the Project On Government Oversight. However, several watchdogs—most notably the Inspectors General at the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Agency for International Development—have done little to publicize their ombudsmen online, and may be missing an important opportunity to inform agency employees of their whistleblower rights.
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is conducting a bipartisan investigation into allegations that Department of Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser has failed to discipline two of his closest aides, who were found to have intimidated employees that they perceived to be potential whistleblowers.
POGO wrote to President Obama urging him to seek NRC Commissioner William Magwood's immediate resignation in light of the Commissioner's acceptance of the head job for a pro-industry association. Magwood has stated his intent to stay on at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an undisclosed amount of time. His new job begins in September.
The DoD Inspector General has released a report on the Combating Trafficking in Persons program, which is meant to implement the DoD's zero-tolerance policy regarding human trafficking.