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July 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Amendment to Protect State Dept. Whistleblower a First Step



Screenshot of President George H.W. Bush signing the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act. 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 whistlebl

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 30, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

Bipartisan Letter Questions Watchdog’s Whistleblower Program



Photograph of Senator Charles Grassley A Congressional letter, signed by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), raises concerns first raised by the Government Accountability Office and POGO about the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General's handling of whistleblower cases.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 14, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

DoD Expands Troubling Insider Threat Program to Contractors



Aerial shot of the Pentagon (Photo: Flickr / Rudiriet) DoD now requires contractors to implement Insider Threat Programs aimed at stopping unauthorized disclosures of classified information, but several organizations are concerned that these programs will also be used to silence whistleblowers exposing governm

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

June 6, 2016

By Lane Corrigan

Senate Report: VA OIG Failed to Publicize Findings in Tomah



Department of Veterans Affairs VA Building A new Senate report by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee majority staff found that the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) inadequately investigated and publicized misconduct at a VA medical center in Tomah, Wiscons

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

May 10, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

Challenge to False Claims Act Falls Flat at House Hearing



Cash Stack A House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing examining possible changes to the incentive structure of the False Claims Act. Most of the potential changes consisted of either decreasing the liability of perpetrators or making it harder for whistleblowers t

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.