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Friend of Court Brief Filed in Support of FBI Whistleblower Fired after Reporting Improper Spending

FBI WhistleblowersOn December 6, 2016, the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) filed an amicus curiae brief in a matter before the Department of Justice in support of FBI Whistleblower Darin Jones.  In 2012, Jones reported an improper award of a $40 million contract and other improper procurement spending at the FBI. The FBI fired him from his … Continue Reading

Senate Passes Three Important Whistleblower Bills

Last week the Senate passed important legislation that increases protections for whistleblowers. The three bills protect whistleblowers who report information to inspector generals’ offices, extends whistleblower protections to employees of government subcontractors, and allows FBI employees to now report wrongdoing to their direct supervisors.… Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblowers Ask Federal Circuit to Uphold Whistleblower Protections for FBI Employees

FBI WhistleblowersOctober 6, 2016. Washington, D.C. Monday, the National Whistleblower Center and FBI whistleblowers Fred Whitehurst, Jane Turner, Mike German and Robert Kobus (Amici) filed an amicus curiae brief in a case before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The brief was filed in Parkinson v. Department of Justice in support of John C. … Continue Reading

Fault Lines Reports on Flawed FBI Hair Analyses

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto partner David K. Colapinto discusses the FBI's flawed hair analysis on Fault Lines.On August 17, 2015, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto partner David K. Colapinto and his client FBI whistleblower Dr. Frederic Whitehurst appeared on the Al-Jazeera America program Fault Lines. “Under the Microscope: The FBI Hair Cases” discussed the flaws in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation crime lab’s hair analyses. In April 2015 the FBI admitted … Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblower’s Decade Long Journey to Vindication Featured On NPR

FBI Whistleblower’s Decade Long Journey to Vindication Featured On NPRThe Federal Bureau of Investigation is under pressure to fix it’s broken whistleblower process. In February 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that whistleblower protections at the FBI are weaker than at any other agency. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing in March and whistleblower advocacy groups are calling for change. The GAO … Continue Reading

The Dissenter: FBI’s Culture of Hostility Toward Whistleblowers

On March 5, Kevin Gosztola wrote the below article about the FBI’s failed whistleblower program and the recent Senate hearings, for The Dissenter on Firedoglake. FBI’s Culture of Hostility Toward Whistleblowers—And How Justice Department Permits Policy of Retaliation On March 6, Sputnik News also published an article about the failure of the FBI to protect whistleblowers. … Continue Reading

Senate Hearing Highlights Need For FBI Whistleblower Protections

Washington, D.C. March 4, 2015. The lack of whistleblower protections for FBI employees was the subject of a Senate Judiciary Hearing held Wednesday, March 4. Senators from both sides of the aisle were outraged by the amount of retaliation FBI whistleblowers face along with the failure of the FBI whistleblower program to appropriately handle such … Continue Reading

Senators Seek Release of FBI Whistleblower Report

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden sent a letter to President Obama pressing him to release a report on effectiveness of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regulations for protecting whistleblowers.  President Obama requested the report from the Attorney General almost two years ago.  The report “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access … Continue Reading

Justice Dept. Inspector General Report Once Again Validates Whistleblower’s Allegations About FBI Lab Scandal

But IG Recommendations Fall Far Short July 17, 2014 Twenty. Years. Yesterday, July 16, 2014, the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its third report of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Lab misconduct first alleged twenty years ago – in 1994 – by Dr. Frederic Whitehurst. Washington Post Investigative Reporter Spencer S. … Continue Reading