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August 19, 2016

By Carter Salis

Upcoming Appeals Case Threatens Whistleblower Protections



Whistleblower 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 contr

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

August 4, 2016

By Carter Salis

GAO Report Confirms DOE has Failed to Protect Whistleblowers



Black and White historic photo of the Hanford North Reactor from 1960. 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.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources

August 4, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

FBI Recognizes Whistleblowers’ Role; Congress Seeks to Improve Protections



Whistleblower whistle FBI Director Comey highlighted the culture change necessary to utilize whistleblower complaints, but legislation is still necessary to protect the jobs of those whistleblowers. The House and Senate have offered a bill that would do that.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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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