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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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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

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