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COI Resources Topic: Working with Whistleblowers

Letter from Senator Charles Grassley to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive

June 30, 2017

An example of a letter directing an agency head (in this case, the acting head) not to stifle whistleblowers or attempts by Congress to investigate wrongdoing.

Intelligence Community Whistleblowers: Presidential Policy Directive PPD-19

June 30, 2017

President Obama’s 2012 directive outlining protections for intelligence community whistleblowers and prohibiting retaliation against them.

Working with Insiders and Whistleblowers

June 30, 2017

The best congressional investigations require insights from whistleblowers. Here are some general rules of thumb on working with sources.

What Is the OSC?

June 30, 2017

The primary mission of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is to safeguard the merit system by protecting federal employees from reprisal for whistleblowing and to provide a confidential channel to report waste, fraud, abuse, and threats to public health and safety. Learn more here.