Tag Archives: Government Whistleblowers

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower Law

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower LawWashington, D.C. January 26, 2017. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), issued a press release yesterday reminding federal agencies and the federal work force of the rights afforded to whistleblowers under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). OSC is an independent watchdog agency that protects federal employees from unauthorized personnel practices in government.… 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

MSPB Rules Creation of Hostile Work Environment Violates WPA

MSPB Rules Creation of Hostile Work Environment Violates WPAWashington, D.C. September 8, 2015. In a precedent setting decision, Savage v. Department of the Army, 2015 M.S.B.P. 51 (Sept. 3, 2015), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ruled that the creation of a hostile work environment standing alone violates the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). The WPA provides protection to federal workers who blow the whistle … 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

VA Official Says Whistleblower Protection Bills Could Harm the Agency

On March 19, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a legislative hearing on H.R. 571, the Veterans Affairs Retaliation Prevention Act of 2015. H.R. 571 would provide Veterans’ Affairs (VA) employees who seek to report potential government waste, criminal behavior, or compromised healthcare services within the VA a set process to fix … Continue Reading

U.S. Reward Programs Aid International Fight Against Corruption

Whistleblower protection is an issue that is being debated around the world. While some governments are still in the process of creating laws that would provide protection for persons coming forward with information about corruption, others have enacted whistleblower protection laws, but implementation is lacking. Recent articles regarding the state of whistleblowing internationally are listed … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Help Cut $100 Million of Waste at Department of Homeland Security

In a memo released today, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) sent its findings on recent efforts to address widespread misuse of millions of taxpayer dollars that had resulted from the abuse of the “administratively uncontrollable overtime” (AUO) system within Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to President Obama. Several whistleblowers from DHS stepped forward … Continue Reading

New Mexico Considers Expanding Whistleblower Reward Program

According to a January 28 story by KOB4 of Albuquerque, New Mexico lawmakers are considering a bill that would broaden the state whistleblower rewards law. This law rewards whistleblowers who expose government corruption and save taxpayers money. The current law gives incentives to state government whistleblower. The new bill proposes to expand the program to … Continue Reading

What does it take to be a whistleblower?

Political cartoon depicts Felix as a duck in the mouth of a dog labeled “US Interior Dept” and a hunter labeled “Valley Farmers.”Stephen M. Kohn was featured in the radio documentary, “Blowing the Whistle, Paying the Price.”  This documentary is about an old fashioned whistleblower, Felix Smith, a former US Department of Fish & Wildlife biologist. Smith blew the whistle on selenium poisoning at Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in 1982.  Kohn described the early 1980’s as the … Continue Reading

Members of Congress Defend Whistleblower Protection Act at Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. October 1, 2014. A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen submitted an Amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court yesterday in defense of whistleblowers. The members of Congress argued in the brief that the “Whistleblower Protection Act is for making disclosures, unless explicitly prohibited by statute.” The issue before the Supreme Court … 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