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Fair Warning: Watchdog Finds That Nearly 1 in 5 OSHA Whistleblower Probes Are Flawed

October 07, 2015

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Federal officials responsible for protecting whistleblowers and examining their claims of employer retaliation are mishandling nearly one in five of their investigations, a government watchdog reports.

Six Ways to Improve Whistleblowing Overnight

October 06, 2015

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Whistleblowing is arguably the most important practice for strengthening transparency and holding governments, businesses and organizations to account. But for an individual courageous enough to come forward and report the misconduct, the act of actually blowing the whistle is a very risky business.

Washington Post: VA culture of reprisals against whistleblowers remains strong after scandal

September 25, 2015

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It’s been about 17 months since revelations over the cover-up of long patient wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities exploded.

It’s been about 16 months since former VA secretary Eric K. Shinseki resigned as the scandal reached a boil.

It’s been about 14 months since the Senate confirmed Robert McDonald to replace Shinseki.

FOX: US sanctions UN agency under whistle-blower law in unprecedented move

September 25, 2015

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The U.S. State Department has taken a symbolic step to withhold money from a United Nations organization, in order to show concern about the ethical standards and whistle-blower protection at the scandal-tarred World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO.

The Hill: No more retaliation: VA Accountability Act would protect whistleblowers

September 25, 2015

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In January I went public with my concerns about how my employer, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System in Phoenix, was failing to address the needs of suicidal veterans.

It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made—and I paid the price when VA officials retaliated against me.

The Guardian: Ostracised, sacked … and even arrested: the fate of whistleblowers at the UN

September 14, 2015

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When a United Nations investigator reported the rape of a refugee in Sri Lanka, she did not expect the disclosure to force her into a decade-long legal battle with her employer.

Foreign Policy: The U.N.’s Investigation Wars

August 26, 2015

By Colum Lynch

Carman Lapointe, a Canadian national who serves as the United Nations’ internal corruption watchdog, marched into the office of the U.N. secretary-general’s chief of staff, Susana Malcorra, this past January with a provocative request. The U.N. Investigations Division, which she oversees, had grown so consumed by interoffice backbiting and score-settling, Lapointe claimed, that she wanted to shut it down and rebuild it from scratch.


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