Holding the Government Accountable

Protecting Whistleblowers and Civil Servants

The Problem

The Problem

Federal employees are the backbone of our government. Their knowledge, expertise, and integrity can ensure that the government runs effectively and honestly. Civil servants are also the first line of defense against corruption and abuse of power. But federal employees don’t have the safeguards they need to be able to blow the whistle on systemic issues without fear of retaliation. And protections that ensure federal employees cannot be fired for political reasons are under threat. No one should be forced to choose between protecting themselves and protecting the public. We are working to make it safer to tell the truth and ensure our government is accountable to the people it serves.

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What’s at Stake

What’s at Stake

Exposing Wrongdoing Can Ruin a Whistleblower's Career

Whistleblowers are frequently retaliated against for coming forward — through outright firing, or through sustained campaigns to force them to leave their jobs.

An Authoritarian President Could Gut the Federal Workforce

Without robust protections, thousands of civil servants could face the axe due to political motives or bias, compromising the quality and continuity of their expertise. We’re pushing to close the loophole that could make this possible.

Whistleblowers Are Incentivized to Stay Silent

Exposing problems caused by corruption, political pressure, incompetence, or illegal actions is dangerous. We’re pushing for reforms that would make it safer to tell the truth.

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