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Empty Shelves, Culled Animals: COVID-19 Intersects with Decades of Industrialized Agriculture   

Empty Shelves, Culled Animals: COVID-19 Intersects with Decades of Industrialized Agriculture    For decades, whistleblowers have told us that it is dangerous when Big Ag puts profits over people. Companies such as Tyson, JBS, and Smithfield, which have historically bulldozed independent businesses to gain control of our meat supply, have built [...]

COVID-19 & the Dismantling of Oversight: How the Trump Administration is Exploiting the Pandemic and Public Distraction to Purge Whistleblowers 

COVID-19 & the Dismantling of Oversight: How the Trump Administration is Exploiting the Pandemic and Public Distraction to Purge Whistleblowers  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform every aspect of our society, from our daily lives to the economy, Government Accountability Project continues to confront the unparalleled challenges of the current moment. While the American public is understandably [...]

Coalition Letter to Congress in Support of the CORE Act

May 26, 2020 Coalition Letter to Congress in Support of the CORE Act The Hon. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) The Hon. Charles Schumer (D-NY) United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Hon. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) The Hon. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Members of the [...]

NowThis: COVID-19 Crisis in ICE Detention Centers

Note: this video, featuring our client Dr. Josiah 'Jody' Rich and Government Accountability Project, can be found here. COVID-19 Crisis in ICE Detention Centers ‘We’re like rats trapped in a cage. If one of us gets sick, we’re all going to get sick.’ — These migrant detainees are sharing what [...]

GovExec: Senators Make Bipartisan Push to Expedite Hiring for Workers to Oversee Pandemic Response

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Senators Make Bipartisan Push to Expedite Hiring for Workers to Oversee Pandemic Response Measure would ensure special investigator has proper resources in light of Trump's recent IG firing spree, senator says. The watchdog office Congress created to oversee trillions [...]

WOLA: Beyond the Wall: The Human Consequences of ICE Detention Centers

Note: this podcast, featuring our Senior Council and Director of Education Dana Gold, can be found here. Beyond the Wall: The Human Consequences of ICE Detention Centers In this episode of Beyond the Wall, Mario Moreno, VP for Communications conducts two interviews regarding the harrowing conditions migrants face in ICE [...]

May 20th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Immigration, In The News|

Common Dreams: Trump Calls Legally Protected Whistleblowing a ‘Racket’ as Fired Scientist Rips President’s Failed Covid-19 Response

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Trump Calls Legally Protected Whistleblowing a 'Racket' as Fired Scientist Rips President's Failed Covid-19 Response "How can federal employees feel safe to speak up when the president wants to take away their legal protections?" President [...]

May 18th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, Coronavirus Whistleblowers, COVID19, In The News|

Foreign Policy: Trump Escalates War on Government Watchdogs

Note: this article, featuring our National Security Analyst and Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Trump Escalates War on Government Watchdogs President Donald Trump continued his post-impeachment purge of the U.S. government’s top independent watchdogs, telling Congress on Friday night that he was sacking the State [...]

May 18th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, In The News, Inspectors General|

KPFA: Special Broadcast – U.S. House Hearing on Protecting Scientific Integrity in the COVID-19 Response

Note: this broadcast, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine, can be found here. Special Broadcast - U.S. House Hearing on Protecting Scientific Integrity in the COVID-19 Response Live Broadcast of the U.S. Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing: “Protecting Scientific Integrity in the COVID-19 Response (Panel I). Witnesses [...]

New York Times: ‘Everybody Was Sick’: Inside an ICE Detention Center

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. ‘Everybody Was Sick’: Inside an ICE Detention Center Like jails, ICE facilities are faced with tough decisions as to how to keep their dense populations safe. Last month, Makalay Tarawally propped her 2-month-old in front of her phone so [...]

May 15th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Immigration, In The News|

Press Release: Government Accountability Project Clients Spotlighted in New Publication by Award-Winning Journalist  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  05/14/20  Government Accountability Project Clients Spotlighted in New Publication by Award-Winning Journalist   Acclaimed Journalist Publishes Book Showcasing Major Whistleblower Stories  WASHINGTON – This week, acclaimed author and investigative journalist Daniel Moldea published Money, Politics, and Corruption in U.S. Higher Education: The Stories of Whistleblowers. Moldea focuses on the rampant corruption in higher education and uses case studies to track [...]

May 14th, 2020|Categories: Higher Education, Press, Press release, Whistleblower Rights|

Press Release: Government Accountability Project Attorneys Submit Recommendations to United Nations Internal Justice Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 13, 2020  Government Accountability Project Attorneys Submit Recommendations to United Nations Internal Justice Council Letter Seeks to Improve Whistleblower Protection and Internal Justice System WASHINGTON – The United Nations International Justice Council (IJC) is submitting recommendations to the General Assembly on how to improve internal justice systems within the UN, including protection for whistleblowers. Government [...]

May 13th, 2020|Categories: International, Press release, United Nations|

GovExec: Coronavirus Roundup: Top Federal Officials Self-Quarantine; Updates on SBA, HHS, EPA and Defense Inspector General Probes

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Coronavirus Roundup: Top Federal Officials Self-Quarantine; Updates on SBA, HHS, EPA and Defense Inspector General Probes There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed. President Trump tweeted on Monday morning, [...]

May 12th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, In The News, Scientific Integrity|

Sign On: Amendments to USA Freedom Reauthorization Act 2020

May 11, 2020 Dear Senators, The undersigned organizations write to urge you to support privacy-protective amendments to H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020, to oppose the underlying bill if improvements are not adopted, and to oppose amendments offered that would weaken the bill. We applaud the Senate [...]

May 11th, 2020|Categories: In The News, National Security, Sign-on Letter|

Press Release: Food Integrity Campaign Petition to Protect Meat Inspectors During COVID-19 Garners Thousands of Signatures 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 8, 2020  Food Integrity Campaign Petition to Protect Meat Inspectors During COVID-19 Garners Thousands of Signatures  Petition Launch Follows Thousands of COVID-19 cases in Meat Industry   WASHINGTON – This week, the Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign launched a petition to expand and strengthen protections for essential workers employed [...]

MSN: Trump Wages a War on Watchdogs as Coronavirus Elevates Their Importance

Note: this article, featuring our National Security Analyst and Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Trump Wages a War on Watchdogs as Coronavirus Elevates Their Importance WASHINGTON — As federal officials spend money at an unprecedented rate to stem coronavirus damage, President Trump is taking on [...]

The Appeal: ‘We Are Scared’: Stuck Inside ICE Detention’s Coronavirus Epicenter

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. ‘We Are Scared’: Stuck Inside ICE Detention’s Coronavirus Epicenter People incarcerated in the Otay Mesa Detention Center decry crowded units and substandard medical care as COVID-19 tears through the facility. Update: At around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, 57-year-old Carlos Ernesto [...]

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Immigration, In The News|

Press Release: Senator Wyden Opposes Senior Intelligence Official’s Nomination Over Whistleblowers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2020 Senator Wyden Opposes Senior Intelligence Official’s Nomination Over Whistleblowers WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) opposed William Evanina’s nomination to serve as the Senate-confirmed Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). Sen. Wyden’s opposition comes days after Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) [...]

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Intelligence Whistleblowing, National Security, Press release|

Foreign Policy: Senators Question Fitness of Trump’s Nominee for Intelligence Chief

Note: this article, featuring our National Security Analyst and Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Senators Question Fitness of Trump’s Nominee for Intelligence Chief Ratcliffe gets grilled over his role in misrepresenting the facts during the U.S. president’s impeachment. Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Trump loyalist without [...]

The New Republic: Why Is the Pentagon Still Paying $10 a Gallon for Gas?

Note: this article, written by our Investigator Zack Kopplin, was originally published here. Why Is the Pentagon Still Paying $10 a Gallon for Gas? Amid a global oil collapse, the military is overpaying politically connected contractors to keep its jets fueled in Iraq. As any American who’s passed a gas [...]

May 6th, 2020|Categories: In The News, International, Investigations, National Security, US Army|

The New Mexico Political Report: Groups Rally Outside Cibola County Jail

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Groups Rally Outside Cibola County Jail Without intervention, as much as 100 percent of immigrants in detention centers could test positive for COVID-19 within the next 90 days and overwhelm state healthcare systems, according to a recent study. The study, [...]

May 4th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Immigration, In The News|

Common Dreams: 50+ Racial Justice, Civil Liberties, Worker Advocacy Groups Release Joint Statement Calling for Whistleblower Protections for Frontline Workers

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. 50+ Racial Justice, Civil Liberties, Worker Advocacy Groups Release Joint Statement Calling for Whistleblower Protections for Frontline Workers Alarm sounded after Amazon fires whistleblowers organizing against dangerous workplace conditions that risk exacerbating the spread of COVID-19. WASHINGTON - Today [...]

The Crime Report: Most Immigration Detainees Could Get COVID-19: Report

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Most Immigration Detainees Could Get COVID-19: Report A new report predicts that within 90 days, between 72 percent and nearly 100 percent of people in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will be infected with coronavirus, The [...]

May 1st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Immigration, In The News|

Press Statement: Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Keeping Meat Plants Open Amidst Pandemic 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 30, 2020  Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Keeping Meat Plants Open Amidst Pandemic  WASHINGTON – President Trump announced on Tuesday that he intended to order meat plants to stay open by declaring them essential infrastructure under the Defense Production Act. This order comes after more than 6,000 meat workers have tested positive and 20 have died of COVID-19. Across the country, [...]

GovExec: Coronavirus Roundup:Justice Dept. ‘On the Lookout’ for Civil Liberties Violations; SBA Site Crashes During Second Rollout

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Coronavirus Roundup:Justice Dept. ‘On the Lookout’ for Civil Liberties Violations; SBA Site Crashes During Second Rollout There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed. The White House released [...]

April 29th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Immigration, In The News|

Courier Journal: Kentucky Slaughterhouses Battle the Coronavirus’s Spread Amid Fears of Meat Shortage

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Kentucky Slaughterhouses Battle the Coronavirus’s Spread Amid Fears of Meat Shortage Major meat processors across the country have continued to battle coronavirus hotspots in their plants — including in Kentucky. Two Western Kentucky poultry [...]

April 29th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Food Integrity, In The News|

Federal News Network: Pandemic Board Launches Spending Tracker, But With Little for Oversight Groups to Parse

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Pandemic Board Launches Spending Tracker, But With Little for Oversight Groups to Parse The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, following a recent leadership shakeup from President Donald Trump, has gained some momentum building an oversight apparatus that’ll [...]

WUSA: Activists Demand Immediate Release of Virginia ICE Detainees Because of Coronavirus Concerns

Note: this article, featuring our clients Drs. Scott Allen and Josiah Rich, was originally published here. Activists Demand Immediate Release of Virginia ICE Detainees Because of Coronavirus Concerns A judge's decision could have broader implications concerning how detainees are kept in custody, as federal law enforcement agencies adjust their operations. [...]

April 27th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Immigration, In The News|

Study Projects Significant Impact on Immigrants and Local Health Care if ICE Detention Populations are not Decreased

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/27/2020 Study Projects Significant Impact on Immigrants and Local Health Care if ICE Detention Populations are not Decreased New Modeling Demonstrates How Spread of COVID-19 in Immigration Detention Will Impact Facility Populations and Local Health Care Systems Providence, RI – A new paper released today captures the results [...]

April 27th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Immigration, Press, Press release|

Bellona: Ten Years After the Deepwater Horizon, New Spills Seem Imminent

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Ten Years After the Deepwater Horizon, New Spills Seem Imminent Ten years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, sending some 750 million liters of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the course of nearly three months, it’s still [...]

April 27th, 2020|Categories: BP Oil Spill Anniversary, In The News|

The Vanguard: THE VANGUARD Asks SF Courts to Allow Press Access to Courtroom Proceedings

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. THE VANGUARD Asks SF Courts to Allow Press Access to Courtroom Proceedings SAN FRANCISCO – THE VANGUARD – similar to consumer groups demanding remote access to the courts on a federal level – last week officially requested that the [...]

April 27th, 2020|Categories: In The News, Judicial Oversight|

Law 360: Congress Urged To Boost Court Access Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Congress Urged To Boost Court Access Amid COVID-19 Crisis More than two dozen open government groups are calling on Congress to fund real-time remote access to federal court proceedings, suspend PACER fees, broaden whistleblower protections and take other steps [...]

April 27th, 2020|Categories: In The News, Inspectors General, Judicial Oversight|

Bloomberg Law: USDA OKs Record Number of Poultry Line-Speed Waivers in April

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. USDA OKs Record Number of Poultry Line-Speed Waivers in April The federal government in April approved a record number of line-speed waivers for poultry slaughterhouses—the most ever in a single month—as the Covid-19 public health crisis [...]

April 24th, 2020|Categories: Food Integrity, In The News|

Press Release: Government Accountability Project Condemns Retaliation Against a DHS Director 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  04/23/20  Government Accountability Project Condemns Retaliation Against a DHS Director  Doctor Leading Agency Effort to Develop Coronavirus Vaccine Removed from Post   WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the top official responsible for researching a vaccine for the novel coronavirus had been dismissed from his post after pushing for significant vetting [...]

Press Statement: Federal Court Orders ICE to Consider Releasing Detainees Amidst Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2020 Federal Court Orders ICE to Consider Releasing Detainees Amidst Pandemic Decision Cites Government Accountability Project Clients’ Letter on Health Concerns LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, immigration detainees won a court case against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Federal District Court  in Los Angeles, The decision [...]

April 21st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Coronavirus Pandemic, Immigration, Press, Press release|

Sign-On: Stimulus Transparency Accountability Letter

April 21, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader United States Senate The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker United States House of Representatives The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader United States House of Representatives Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and [...]

HuffPo: A Decade Later, Gulf Residents Suffer From BP’s Toxic Legacy

Note: this article, featuring our legal director Tom Devine, was originally published here.  A Decade Later, Gulf Residents Suffer From BP’s Toxic Legacy The people who cleaned up the 200 million-gallon Deepwater Horizon oil spill say they are still dealing with the health and economic fallout. Rick DuFour has worked [...]

April 20th, 2020|Categories: BP Oil Spill Anniversary, In The News|

Press Release: Government Accountability Project Publishes Report on the Continuing Health Consequences of BP Spill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2020 Government Accountability Project Publishes Report on the Continuing Health Consequences of BP Spill Year-Long Whistleblower Investigation Reveals Long-Lasting Medical Trauma WASHINGTON - Today, Government Accountability Project released the results of a year-long investigation into ongoing medical damage from Corexit, the chemical dispersant that was [...]

Sign On: Stimulus Whistleblowing Protections

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi                                                     The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Speaker of the House                                                                 Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives                                                  U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20514                                                             Washington, D.C. 20514   The Honorable Mitch McConnell                                             The Honorable Chuck Schumer Majority Leader of the United States Senate                         Minority Leader of the United States Senate Washington, [...]

USA Today: To Slow Pandemic, Trump Should Release Nonviolent Immigrants From Detention Centers

Note: this article, featuring disclosures from our clients Scott Allen and Josiah Rich, was originally published here. To Slow Pandemic, Trump Should Release Nonviolent Immigrants From Detention Centers As the virus spreads in detention facilities, it will threaten not only immigrants but also attorneys, visitors, guards, maintenance staff and others. [...]

April 16th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Immigration, In The News|

Courthouse News: ACLU Pushes Feds for Release or Social Distancing at ICE Detention Facility

Note: this article, featuring our clients Drs. Scott Allen and Josiah Rich, was originally published here. ACLU Pushes Feds for Release or Social Distancing at ICE Detention Facility LOS ANGELES (CN) — While most of the nation continues social distancing, immigrant advocates say conditions at a California immigration detention facility [...]

April 16th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Immigration, In The News|

The Washington Post: Vacancies Have Hindered the Trump Administration’s Response to the Coronavirus

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Vacancies Have Hindered the Trump Administration’s Response to the Coronavirus As President Trump tries to defend his sluggish response to the coronavirus pandemic, 18 nongovernmental organizations are pressing against agency vacancies that can hinder federal action. “We fear that the leadership [...]

Yuba Net: Agencies’ Leadership Vacancies Tied to Poor Pandemic Response

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Agencies’ Leadership Vacancies Tied to Poor Pandemic Response Washington, DC, April 14, 2020—Today 18 civil society organizations that work on government accountability, health, environmental protection, and other concerns urged key Senators to hold the Trump Administration to its obligations [...]

April 15th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, In The News, Inspectors General, US Government|

Yahoo Sports: White House Misses Congressional Deadline to Explain Intelligence Watchdog’s Firing

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation and National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. White House Misses Congressional Deadline to Explain Intelligence Watchdog's Firing WASHINGTON — The White House is still refusing to give Congress a reason for firing Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, [...]

April 15th, 2020|Categories: In The News, Inspectors General, US Government|

Mother Jones: A Doctor on ICE’s Response to the Pandemic: “You Could Call It COVID-19 Torture”

Note: this article, featuring our clients Drs. Scott Allen and Josiah Rich and Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. A Doctor on ICE’s Response to the Pandemic: “You Could Call It COVID-19 Torture” Instead of releasing people, ICE is holding immigrants in group quarantines the CDC says should only [...]

April 13th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Family Detention, Immigration, In The News|

For Immediate Release: Government Accountability Project Condemns Potential Censoring of Federal Officials 

For Immediate Release:  April 10, 2020  Government Accountability Project Condemns Potential Censoring of Federal Officials  Pence’s Proposed CNN Ban Represented a Strike Against Press Freedom   WASHINGTON – Yesterday, CNN reported that Vice President Mike Pence refused to permit members of the Coronavirus Task Force to appear on CNN, purportedly in order to pressure the network into carrying task force briefings in full because, in the past, CNN has cut away [...]

Sign On: Organizations Call on Congress To Pass Inspector General Removal Protections

April 10, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 [...]

Common Dreams: ‘Extremely Alarming’: Coronavirus Stimulus Law Allows the Federal Reserve to Hold Secret Meetings on Corporate Bailouts

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation and National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. 'Extremely Alarming': Coronavirus Stimulus Law Allows the Federal Reserve to Hold Secret Meetings on Corporate Bailouts "That provision's a body blow to transparency when we need it most." A brief and [...]

April 10th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Coronavirus Pandemic, In The News, US Government|

Federal News Network: Trump’s Watchdog Shakeup Underscores Legal Limits for IG Independence

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation and National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Trump’s Watchdog Shakeup Underscores Legal Limits for IG Independence The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, charged by Congress to oversee how agencies disburse more than $2 trillion in coronavirus stimulus funding, faces [...]

April 9th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, In The News, Inspectors General, US Government|

Erie News Now: Amid Coronavirus, Trump Seizes Chance to Carry Out a Long-Desired Purge of Government Watchdogs

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation and National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Amid Coronavirus, Trump Seizes Chance to Carry Out a Long-Desired Purge of Government Watchdogs There was a moment during Monday's coronavirus press briefing when President Donald Trump was asked about a [...]

The Wall Street Journal: Trump Removes Watchdog Who Heads Panel Overseeing Pandemic Stimulus Spending

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation and National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Trump Removes Watchdog Who Heads Panel Overseeing Pandemic Stimulus Spending Glenn Fine had been designated to lead committee charged with identifying abuse in $2 trillion spending law. President Trump replaced the [...]

April 9th, 2020|Categories: In The News, Inspectors General, US Government, Whistleblowers|

Captain Crozier’s Whistleblowing: Unanswered Questions and the Need for Reform 

Captain Crozier's Whistleblowing: Unanswered Questions and the Need for Reform  By Tom Devine             The Military Whistleblower Protection Act is flunking the COVID 19 pandemic. Recently, some commentators have asserted that the Navy’s removal of Captain Crozier’s command violated that law. As one who actively participated in drafting all four [...]

COVID-19: The Largest Attack on Whistleblowers in the World

COVID-19: The Largest Attack on Whistleblowers in the World By Samantha Feinstein The novel coronavirus has put whistleblower protection laws to the test. As the global community is counting each case of COVID-19 on a daily basis and seeing case numbers rise, the 45 whistleblower protection groups who make up [...]

Union of Concerned Scientists: Roundup: Sidelining Science Hits New Lows in Response to Public Health Crisis

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Roundup: Sidelining Science Hits New Lows in Response to Public Health Crisis This post is part of a series of quarterly roundups on scientific integrity. The first three months of 2020 provided an immediate and terrible demonstration of what can [...]

April 8th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, In The News, Scientific Integrity, Sunshine Week|

NC Policy Watch: PW Special Report, Part Four: COVID-19 Pandemic Poses Dire Threat to NC Prisons and Jails

Note: this article, featuring our client Dr. Josiah Rich and Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. PW Special Report, Part Four: COVID-19 Pandemic Poses Dire Threat to NC Prisons and Jails Disease poised to spread like “wildfire” at overcrowded ICE detention facilities. [Editor’s note: This is the final installment [...]

Yahoo Entertainment: Mattis Rebukes Trump Over Removal of Pentagon Inspector General

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation and National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Mattis Rebukes Trump Over Removal of Pentagon Inspector General Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis issued a rare public rebuke of President Trump Tuesday over his decision to fire Glenn Fine, [...]

April 8th, 2020|Categories: COVID19, In The News, Inspectors General, US Government|

Press Statement: Government Accountability Project Condemns Removal of IG Leader Overseeing Pandemic Spending

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2020 Government Accountability Project Condemns Removal of IG Leader Overseeing Pandemic Spending Whistleblower Advocates Criticize Trump’s Interference with IGs’ Independence WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald Trump relieved Glenn Fine, leader of the panel of Inspectors General (IGs) responsible for overseeing allocation and implementation of the [...]

Sign On: Bipartisan Groups Lay Out Principles for Transparency and Oversight of Coronavirus Stimulus Spending

April 6, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi                                         The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Speaker of the House                                                      Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives                                      U.S. House of [...]

Press Release: Government Accountability Project Clients Have Success at Office of Special Counsel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2020 Government Accountability Project Clients Have Success at Office of Special Counsel WASHINGTON – In a letter to Special Counsel Henry Kerner at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), Government Accountability Project expressed appreciation for recent settlement victories in Whistleblower Protection Act cases to [...]

Sign On: Coalition to Make Whistleblowing Safe During COVID-19 and Beyond

The signatories to this letter call on all public authorities and institutions to protect those who report or expose the harms, abuses and serious wrongdoing that arise during this period of crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also encourage all citizens and workers to participate in ensuring our governments, [...]

The Wall Street Journal: Trump to Fire Intelligence Community Inspector General

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Trump to Fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Firing of Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who reviewed Ukraine whistleblower complaint, is latest in series of intelligence-community removals. WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump late Friday said he intends to remove [...]

Press Statement: Government Accountability Project Condemns Firing of Michael Atkinson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2020 Government Accountability Project Condemns Firing of Michael Atkinson WASHINGTON - Friday night, President Donald Trump fired the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. Atkinson had informed Congress of the whistleblower complaint that precipitated the President's impeachment. Government Accountability Project Executive Director and CEO Louis Clark [...]

Social Distancing in Detention: An Inherent Paradox that Threatens Lives, for Detainees and the Public

Social Distancing in Detention: An Inherent Paradox that Threatens Lives, for Detainees and the Public By Emma Lyons Government Accountability Project has long represented federal whistleblowers who drew attention to threats to immigrant health and safety under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” and “Remain in Mexico” policies. Even under normal [...]

Press Statement: Government Accountability Project Condemns Retaliation Against Doctors 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2020 Government Accountability Project Condemns Retaliation Against Doctors  Reporting PPE Shortages is Protected Speech, Say Whistleblower Advocates  WASHINGTON -- Today, Bloomberg reported that doctors working in different states across the US had faced threats of firing and in some cases were actually terminated after they [...]

Newsy: Doctor Who Treats COVID-19 Patients Urges ICE to Release Detainees

Note: this article and video, featuring our client Dr. Josiah "Jody" Rich, were originally published here. Doctor Who Treats COVID-19 Patients Urges ICE to Release Detainees He warns of a "tinderbox scenario" of many detainees getting sick all at once, which would overwhelm already strained hospitals. "This whole disease is [...]

March 31st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID19, Family Detention, Immigration, In The News|

The Appeal: Lawsuit Calls for Emergency Release of ICE Detainees in a Massachusetts County

Note: this article, featuring our clients Scott Allen and Josiah Rich and Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Lawsuit Calls for Emergency Release of ICE Detainees in a Massachusetts County People held in Bristol County are ‘extremely agitated and panicking’ due to unsanitary conditions and overcrowding amid the coronavirus [...]

March 30th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, Immigration, In The News|

Foreign Policy: Death of a Whistleblower

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Death of a Whistleblower Questions raised by a Pentagon investigator went unanswered following his workplace suicide. It’s almost not possible to overstate how large and complicated the United States Department of Defense is. It is [...]

March 30th, 2020|Categories: In The News, National Security, Whistleblower Rights, Whistleblowers|

BBC: Immigrants in US Detention Fear Spread of Coronavirus

This article, featuring our client Scott Allen, was originally published here.  Immigrants in US Detention Fear Spread of Coronavirus As the coronavirus has crept across the globe, immigrants in US detention facilities have listened closely to surreal tales of disease-ridden cruise ships and sold-out grocery stores. Tens of thousands of [...]

The Pueblo Chieftain: Coronavirus Reminds us of the Need for Greater Transparency

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Coronavirus Reminds us of the Need for Greater Transparency Sunshine Week, the annual nationwide celebration of access to government information, was March 15-21. Like almost everything else, the coronavirus pandemic has affected the open government community and government entities’ [...]

March 30th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus Pandemic, In The News, US Government|

CNN: Doctors Warn of ‘Tinderbox Scenario’ if Coronavirus Spreads in ICE Detention

Note: this article, featuring our clients Scott Allen and Josiah Rich and our Senior Counsel and Director of Education Dana Gold, was originally published here.  Doctors Warn of 'Tinderbox Scenario' if Coronavirus Spreads in ICE Detention Two doctors who are medical experts for the Department of Homeland Security are sending [...]

GovExec: Government Transparency Is More Critical Now Than Ever, Experts Say

Note: This article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here..  Government Transparency Is More Critical Now Than Ever, Experts Say “If there was ever a time for citizen oversight and media oversight and, obviously, insider oversight ... it’s now,” says one former USAID official. As [...]

What We Still Haven’t Learned Since the 1918 Pandemic

What We Still Haven’t Learned Since the 1918 Pandemic By Katrina Meyer In recent weeks, a number of people have made comparisons between the current COVID-19 pandemic and the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. While the degree to which these deadly disease outbreaks mirror each other is difficult to determine [...]

March 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Whistleblowers, US Army, US Government|

The Washington Post: We Must Release Prisoners to Lessen the Spread of Coronavirus

This article, co-written by our client Dr. Scott Allen, was originally published here. We Must Release Prisoners to Lessen the Spread of Coronavirus Josiah Rich is professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brown University. Scott Allen is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of California at Riverside. Mavis Nimoh [...]

March 18th, 2020|Categories: Family Detention, Immigration, In The News|

PRESS RELEASE: GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT RELEASES RESOURCE FOR FEDERAL WORKERS ON WHISTLEBLOWING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2020 Government Accountability Project Releases Resource for Federal Workers on Whistleblowing WASHINGTON – Today, Government Accountability Project is releasing a new guide to help federal workers navigate the complex path of blowing the whistle safely and effectively. “Truth-Telling in Government: A Guide to Whistleblowing for Federal [...]

March 18th, 2020|Categories: Federal Whistleblowers, Press release|

The Post Star: Whistleblowers Play Critical Role in Revealing Wrongdoing

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and our client Brandon Coleman, was originally published here. Whistleblowers Play Critical Role in Revealing Wrongdoing Sunshine Week, when journalists celebrate the free release and distribution of information critical to educating the public so democracy can function, begins Sunday. As part of its [...]

March 16th, 2020|Categories: In The News, Sunshine Week|

When We Talk About Animals: Amanda Hitt on Why the Animal Agriculture Industry Needs Whistleblowers

Note: this podcast, featuring our Food Integrity Campaign Director Amanda Hitt, was originally published here. Amanda Hitt on Why the Animal Agriculture Industry Needs Whistleblowers In an age where almost everything we eat is produced outside of public view, whistleblowers are critical to maintaining the integrity of our food systems. [...]

March 11th, 2020|Categories: Food Integrity, In The News|

PRESS RELEASE: U.S. ARMY WHISTLEBLOWER PUBLISHES BOOK DETAILING YEARS OF ANTI-SEMITIC RETALIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/10/2020 U.S. Army Whistleblower Publishes Book Detailing Years of Anti-Semitic Retaliation Government Accountability Project Client Releases First Book WASHINGTON – Government Accountability Project client Dr. David A. Tenenbaum detailed his experience as a whistleblower persecuted for years by anti-Semitic threats in his new memoir “Accused of Treason: [...]

March 10th, 2020|Categories: Press release, US Army, Whistleblowers|

Compliance Week: CFPB the latest federal agency to propose whistleblower program

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants Congress to authorize a program that would reward whistleblowers who provide tips leading to successful prosecutions. CFPB Director Kathleen Kraninger said Friday the program would “incentivize whistleblowers to contact us if they believe their employer is not complying with the law.” The CFPB whistleblower proposal would [...]

New Straits Times: Revise Whistleblower Act

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Revise Whistleblower Act In Malaysia, there is the Whistleblower’s Protection Act 2010 (WPA), a good safety measure for those who are putting themselves at risk in revealing a secret. The more important issue is that the disclosure (information leak) [...]

March 9th, 2020|Categories: In The News, International, Whistleblowers|

Totally Vegan Buzz: USDA Sued for Increasing Slaughterhouse Kill Speeds to 175 Chickens Per Minute

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. USDA Sued for Increasing Slaughterhouse Kill Speeds to 175 Chickens Per Minute A coalition of animal welfare groups has filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for increasing the killing [...]

March 6th, 2020|Categories: Food Integrity, In The News|

Gov Exec: Federal Pork Inspectors Are Sounding the Alarm Over USDA’s Plan to Give Industry More Control

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Federal Pork Inspectors Are Sounding the Alarm Over USDA’s Plan to Give Industry More Control After 20 years of studying the issue through four administrations, USDA is moving forward to give industry a bigger [...]

March 6th, 2020|Categories: Food Integrity, In The News|

SC Magazine: Trump Again Nominates Ratcliffe for DNI Post

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Trump Again Nominates Ratcliffe for DNI Post In a curious deja vu, President Trump is nominating Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, as director of National intelligence (DNI), although Ratcliffe was widely panned as unqualified when Trump floated him as a [...]

March 2nd, 2020|Categories: In The News, National Security|

Press Watch: Mike Pence’s Coronavirus Gag Order is an Act of War Against the Media, Which Needs to Return Fire

Note: this article, featuring our Executive Director and CEO Louis Clark, was originally published here. Mike Pence’s Coronavirus Gag Order is an Act of War Against the Media, Which Needs to Return Fire In times of crisis, the public desperately needs information to be free. In times of crisis, an [...]

March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, In The News|

GovExec: White House Pledges to Protect Employees From Coronavirus, Let Experts Speak

Note: this article, featuring our Executive Director and CEO Louis Clark, was originally published here. White House Pledges to Protect Employees From Coronavirus, Let Experts Speak After facing criticism for potentially exposing federal employees to the novel coronavirus and for gagging experts from speaking about it, the White House is [...]

March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Coronavirus Whistleblowers, In The News|

Press Statement: Government Accountability Project Commends Appeals Decision on “Remain in Mexico” Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2020  Government Accountability Project Commends Appeals Decision on “Remain in Mexico” Policy U.S. Court of Appeals Halts Dangerous Immigration Policy  WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked the Trump administration’s “Migrant Protection Protocols,” (MPP) also known as the “Remain [...]

February 28th, 2020|Categories: Immigration, MPP, Press, Press release, Whistleblower Rights|

Epidemics and Chilling Effects: A Dangerous Combination

Epidemics and Chilling Effects: A Dangerous Combination Barriers to Free Speech at Work, in China and At Home  By Gabrielle Simeck Following the detection of a mysterious pneumonia-like disease in Wuhan, China, disinformation, public confusion, and political censorship all intersected to create a dangerous public health crisis.  One whistleblower story [...]

February 28th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Whistleblowers, Whistleblower Rights|

PRESS STATEMENT: Silencing and Intimidating Whistleblowers about Coronavirus Could Have Grave Consequences for Public Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/28/2020  Silencing and Intimidating Whistleblowers about Coronavirus Could Have Grave Consequences for Public Health WASHINGTON — Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Vice President Mike Pence, who President Trump announced would coordinate the government’s response to the Coronavirus, directed government health officials and scientists to “coordinate [...]

February 28th, 2020|Categories: Press, Public Health, US Government, Whistleblower Rights|

Los Alamos Daily Post: Udall, Senators Introduce Comprehensive Bill To Break Up Cozy Relationship Between FAA And Aviation Industry

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Udall, Senators Introduce Comprehensive Bill To Break Up Cozy Relationship Between FAA And Aviation Industry WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), members [...]

February 28th, 2020|Categories: Aviation Whistleblowing, In The News|

One Green Planet: Amid Widespread Disease Transmission Concerns Linked to Meat Consumption, USDA Approves Slaughterhouses to Kill Birds 25% Faster

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Amid Widespread Disease Transmission Concerns Linked to Meat Consumption, USDA Approves Slaughterhouses to Kill Birds 25% Faster In light of the Coronavirus, we are seeing first hand how wildlife trade and meat consumption are related to infectious diseases and the deadly [...]

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Food Integrity, In The News|

Business Insurance: Lawsuit Filed Over Increase in Poultry Slaughter Line Speeds

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Lawsuit Filed Over Increase in Poultry Slaughter Line Speeds Several animal welfare groups and the Government Accountability Project have filed a lawsuit over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2018 increase of poultry slaughter line [...]

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Food Integrity, In The News|

Bloomberg Environment: Environment Regulator’s Husband Listed as Lobbying Her Agency

Note: this article, featuring our Executive Director and CEO Louis Clark, was originally published here. Environment Regulator’s Husband Listed as Lobbying Her Agency A disclosure form lists the husband of the general counsel of the White House Council on Environmental Quality as lobbying his wife’s employer on the National Environmental [...]

February 27th, 2020|Categories: EPA, In The News, Scientific Integrity|

Federal News Network: Whistleblower Groups Urge Congressional Action on MSPB Nominees

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Whistleblower Groups Urge Congressional Action on MSPB Nominees Whistleblower advocacy groups are urging congressional action on the Merit Systems Protection Board, which has lacked a quorum for more than three years [...]

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Congress: Legislation and Oversight, In The News, MISC, MSPB|

MISC Steering Committee Letter Re: Whistleblower Rights Priorities

February 25, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate 317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Charles E. Schumer Minority Leader United States Senate 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives 1236 Longworth House [...]

February 26th, 2020|Categories: In The News, Letter, MISC|

Sign-on: MISC Letter to Congress RE: Whistleblower Rights

February 25, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate 317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Charles E. Schumer Minority Leader United States Senate 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives 1236 Longworth House [...]

February 26th, 2020|Categories: Congress: Legislation and Oversight, In The News, Letter|

Veg News: USDA Just Got Sued For Increasing Slaughter Speeds to 175 Chickens Per Minute

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. USDA Just Got Sued For Increasing Slaughter Speeds to 175 Chickens Per Minute The government agency approved a 25 percent increase in the rate at which chickens are killed, putting animal welfare, worker safety, [...]

February 26th, 2020|Categories: Food Integrity, In The News|

The Humane Society: HSUS, Other Groups Sue Trump Administration for Speeding up Chicken Slaughter

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. HSUS, Other Groups Sue Trump Administration for Speeding up Chicken Slaughter A coalition including the Humane Society of the United States today sued the Trump administration for allowing chicken slaughterhouses to dial up the breakneck speeds [...]

February 25th, 2020|Categories: Food Integrity, In The News|

Letter: CFO Vision Act

Coalition Letter Endorses CFO Vision Act Dear Senators Enzi, Warner, Grassley, Johnson, Perdue, and Lankford: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing a diverse coalition of taxpayer, transparency, and government oversight advocates, we write to applaud the introduction of the CFO Vision Act of 2020. The 1990 CFO Act provided [...]

February 24th, 2020|Categories: In The News, Letter|

Government Accountability Project Staffers Sign On to DOJ Letter

Government Accountability Project Staffers Sign On to DOJ Letter 2,500+ Signatures Strong, Letter Calls for Barr’s Resignation By Emma Lyons More than 2,500 former Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have signed an open letter published Sunday calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign. This follows numerous reports of Mr. [...]

February 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Intelligence Whistleblowing, Judicial Inteference, National Security|

Sign-On: Congress Must Establish an Independent Immigration Court

United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Re: Congress Must Establish an Independent Immigration Court Dear Member of Congress: We, the undersigned international, national, state, and local immigration, civil rights, faith-based, government accountability, and labor organizations respectfully call on Congress to establish an [...]

February 20th, 2020|Categories: Immigration, In The News, Letter, MPP|

Truth Dig: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Was a Cover-Up, Not a Cleanup

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Was a Cover-Up, Not a Cleanup Deepwater Horizon, called “the worst environmental disaster in American history,” was one of the environmental stories I covered at HuffPost a decade ago. “On April 20, 2010, a [...]

February 18th, 2020|Categories: Climate Science, In The News|

The Hill: Pelosi Names First-Ever House Whistleblower Ombudsman Director

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Pelosi Names First-Ever House Whistleblower Ombudsman Director Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday announced the first director of a new office within the House to establish best practices for lawmakers to receive confidential information from whistleblowers about government wrongdoing. The office [...]

February 18th, 2020|Categories: Congress: Legislation and Oversight, In The News|

TIME: Trump’s Attack on Vindman May Violate Whistleblower Protection Laws. But Challenging It Could Be Risky.

Note: this article, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine and our Deputy Director of Legislation and National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Trump's Attack on Vindman May Violate Whistleblower Protection Laws. But Challenging It Could Be Risky. President Donald Trump’s moves against impeachment witnesses may be illegal, [...]

February 13th, 2020|Categories: In The News, National Security|

Reuters: Royal Bank of Scotland Whistleblower Sues U.S. Agencies in Bounty Battle

Note: this article, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine, was originally published here. Royal Bank of Scotland Whistleblower Sues U.S. Agencies in Bounty Battle LONDON/WASHINGTON DC (Reuters) - An ex-Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) (RBS.L) employee is suing the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for records [...]

February 12th, 2020|Categories: In The News, International, Whistleblowers|

Letter to Congress Re: Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act of 2020

Dear Representatives and Senators, The undersigned organizations represent tens of millions of constituents from across the country and the political spectrum. We write to endorse the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act of 2020 (SAPRA) and urge your office to cosponsor this important piece of legislation. The bill would significantly reform [...]

February 12th, 2020|Categories: In The News, Letter|

Letter to Congress: Senate Should Prohibit Outing a Whistleblower

The Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader The Honorable Chuck Schumer Senate Minority Leader Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, and Members of the United States Senate: The Government Accountability Project, the Liberty Coalition, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance urge the Senate to [...]

Task & Purpose: The White House Has Dismissed Lt. Col. Vindman After His Testimony in the Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation and National Security Advisor Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. The White House Has Dismissed Lt. Col. Vindman After His Testimony in the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, one of the witnesses that testified during President Donald Trump's [...]

February 10th, 2020|Categories: In The News, National Security|

Press Release: White House Removes Impeachment Witness

For Immediate Release: 2/7/2020 White House Removes Impeachment Witness Administration’s Actions Against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman Could Create Chilling Effect WASHINGTON - Today, CNN reported that Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was “pushed out of his role” from the National Security Council. The move comes just months after Lt. Col. Vindman [...]

The National Law Review: Republicans May Regret Trampling the First Amendment Right of Association

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Republicans May Regret Trampling the First Amendment Right of Association Throughout his political career, Senator Rand Paul has been a strong advocate for constitutional rights.  Indeed, he has bucked his party on key issues when he felt that liberty [...]

February 7th, 2020|Categories: IC Whistleblower, In The News, Intelligence Whistleblowing|

Fed Smith: DOI Employee Returned to His Job in Whistleblower Retaliation Case

Note: this article, featuring our client Jeffrey Missal, was originally published here. DOI Employee Returned to His Job in Whistleblower Retaliation Case The Office of Special Counsel announced that an employee at the Department of Interior has been returned to his position after being retaliated against by the agency for [...]

February 6th, 2020|Categories: Climate Science, In The News, Whistleblowers|

E & E News: Fired Whistleblower Gets His Job Back

Note: this article, featuring our client Jeffrey Missal, was originally published here. Fired Whistleblower Gets His Job Back An Obama-era whistleblower, investigated and fired after raising red flags about violations for offshore drilling plans in the Arctic, has been granted his job back, the Office of Special Counsel disclosed yesterday. [...]

February 6th, 2020|Categories: Climate Science, In The News, Whistleblowers|

Documented: Early Arrival: Justice Department Challenges NYC Sanctuary Laws

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation and National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Early Arrival: Justice Department Challenges NYC Sanctuary Laws The Justice Department is pressuring New York City to release documents to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about a pair of inmates accused [...]

February 6th, 2020|Categories: Immigration, In The News|

Law & Crime: The Trump Administration Quietly Gave CBP More Power to Conceal Information

Note: this article, featuring our National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. The Trump Administration Quietly Gave CBP More Power to Conceal Information The Trump administration continued to push back against public transparency requirements on Friday by re-classifying the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency as a [...]

February 5th, 2020|Categories: Immigration, In The News|

The Nation: Exclusive: Customs and Border Protection Gains an Extra Layer of Secrecy

Note: this article, featuring our National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Exclusive: Customs and Border Protection Gains an Extra Layer of Secrecy By gaining a “security agency” designation, the border police can further shield themselves from public view. Under President Trump, US immigration authorities have pushed for [...]

February 4th, 2020|Categories: Immigration, In The News|

DOI Whistleblower Reaches Settlement after 5-Year Battle for Reinstatement, Back pay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/4/2020 DOI Whistleblower Reaches Settlement after 5-Year Battle for Reinstatement, Back pay Government Accountability Project Client Concludes Legal Fight WASHINGTON - Thanks to effective support by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the five-and-a-half year ordeal for Department of Interior whistleblower Jeffrey Missal is over. In [...]

February 4th, 2020|Categories: Press release|

The Nation: Trump and the Whistle-Blower He Hates

Note: this article, co-written by our Legal Director Tom Devine, was originally published here. Trump and the Whistle-Blower He Hates US whistle-blower law was explicitly designed to protect witnesses against mob boss retaliation. Now that Republicans have decided no witnesses will be called in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, [...]

Fed Scoop: Transparency Advocates Push Congress on Public Access to CRS Reports

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Transparency Advocates Push Congress on Public Access to CRS Reports A group of transparency advocates is pushing Congress to make more Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports more accessible to the public. The group sent a letter to the House [...]

February 4th, 2020|Categories: Congress: Legislation and Oversight, In The News|

The Daily Observer: ‘Whistleblower Protection Must Be a Priority in the Act’

Note: this article, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine, was originally published here. 'Whistleblower Protection Must Be a Priority in the Act' US Whistleblower Campaigner, Tom Devine, cautions Lawmakers Days after President George Weah in his annual message has urged the 54th Legislature to consider the passage of several other [...]

February 4th, 2020|Categories: In The News, International|

For Immediate Release: Sen. Rand Paul Attempts to Out Alleged Ukraine Whistleblower

For Immediate Release  1/30/2020 Sen. Rand Paul Attempts to Out Alleged Ukraine Whistleblower Government Accountability Project Cautions Chilling Effect on Whistleblowers  WASHINGTON ‒ Today, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) offered the name of a person who he alleges to be the Ukraine whistleblower on the Senate floor and at a press [...]

MEDIA ADVISORY: DHS WHISTLEBLOWER TO TESTIFY AS EXPERT IN “SEATTLE SIX” TRIAL

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2020 DHS WHISTLEBLOWER TO TESTIFY AS EXPERT IN “SEATTLE SIX” TRIAL Government Accountability Project client Dr. Scott Allen to Testify as Expert on Impacts of Child Detention in Trial of “Seattle Six” Constituents Urging Congressional Action WASHINGTON - On Thursday, January 30, Dr. Scott Allen, [...]

January 28th, 2020|Categories: Immigration, Press release|

Corporate Crime Reporter: Group Calls on Citizens to Blow the Whistle on Motorola Cell Phone Safety Studies

Note: this article, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine, was originally published here. Group Calls on Citizens to Blow the Whistle on Motorola Cell Phone Safety Studies A new organization was launched last week to expose concealed information about the health and safety risks of mobile phones. The Mobile Phone [...]

January 28th, 2020|Categories: Corporate Whistleblowers, In The News|

The New Republic: Before the U.S. Bombed Soleimani’s Terrorists, It Bribed Them

Note: this article, written by our Investigator and Outreach Associate Zack Kopplin, was originally published here. Before the U.S. Bombed Soleimani’s Terrorists, It Bribed Them Other targets of Trump's strikes were “bad dudes” … as well as recipients of American payoffs in the Iraq wars. On January 3, shortly after [...]

January 13th, 2020|Categories: In The News, International, Investigations|

Government Accountability Project Submits Letter to OSC in Support of Climate Science Whistleblower

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2019 Government Accountability Project Submits Letter to OSC in Support of Climate Science Whistleblower WASHINGTON — On December 17, Government Accountability Project submitted a letter to the Office of Special Counsel in support of climate scientist and federal whistleblower Dr. George Luber, whose employer, the Centers for Disease Control and [...]

December 18th, 2019|Categories: Climate Science, Press release|

Press Advisory: USDA Meat Inspectors Blow the Whistle on Dangerous New Hog Inspection System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2019 USDA Meat Inspectors Blow the Whistle on Dangerous New Hog Inspection System NBC’s Morning Joe features two Food Integrity Campaign clients who reveal food safety threats from USDA’s “modernization” of hog inspection WASHINGTON -- Today, two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspectors [...]

December 16th, 2019|Categories: Food Integrity, Food Integrity, Press, Press release, Public Health|

In Remembrance of Judge Nahum Litt

The Honorable Nahum "Naami" Litt (1935-2019) Government Accountability Project is saddened to announce the passing of the Honorable Naami Litt. A pioneer for corporate whistleblowers' free speech rights, Chief Judge Litt leaves a unique legacy that will make a difference for countless Americans. Officially high in the federal government's power [...]

December 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|

Sign On: Bring Joel home! ¡Regresen a Delmer a Casa!

Dear Secretary Scalia: On Oct. 12, construction worker Delmer Joel Ramírez Palma was working on the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans when the structure collapsed, killing three workers and injuring dozens more. Ramirez Palma sustained serious injuries, but survived. Ramírez Palma had done construction work in the New Orleans [...]

December 13th, 2019|Categories: Letter, Press|

PRESS RELEASE Ukraine Passes Anti-Corruption Whistleblower Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11, 2019 UKRAINE PASSES ANTI-CORRUPTION WHISTLEBLOWER LAW New Whistleblower Law Signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky Stronger than U.S. Rights UKRAINE -- On October 17 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed new whistleblower reforms into law. Current questions about Ukraine’s commitment to fight corruption complicate Zelensky’s efforts to [...]

December 11th, 2019|Categories: Press, Press release, Ukraine|

ArkLaTex: Local Woman Details How She Became a Federal Whistleblower

Note: this article and video, featuring our clients Drs. Pamela McPherson and Scott Allen and Government Accountability Project, were originally published here. Local Woman Details How She Became a Federal Whistleblower The federal impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine has gripped the nation this [...]

November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Family Detention, Immigration, In The News|

PRESS RELEASE: House Committee Holds Hearing on Humanitarian Concerns Resulting From Migration Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2019 House Committee Holds Hearing on Humanitarian Concerns Resulting From Migration Crisis Government Accountability Project Client Doug Stephens to Testify WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, Friday, November 22, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations will hold [...]

November 21st, 2019|Categories: Immigration, MPP, Press release|

Sign On: Broad Coalition Opposes PATRIOT Act Extension Absent Major Reforms

Broad Coalition Opposes PATRIOT Act Extension Absent Major Reforms  Dear Representatives and Senators, The undersigned organizations write to express our strong opposition to the reauthorization of three expiring Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities currently contained in Section 1703 of the just-released Continuing Resolution, ‘‘Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and [...]

November 21st, 2019|Categories: Letter, Press|

HuffPo: Congresswoman Says Trump Has “5 Pinocchios on a Daily Basis”

This article featuring our Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Congresswoman Says Trump Has "5 Pinocchios on a Daily Basis" Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) got a round of applause during an impeachment hearing Wednesday when she said that President Donald Trump gets “five Pinocchios” a day. The comment came during [...]

FACTCHECK: Legal Implications of Outing the Whistleblower

This article, featuring our legal director Tom Devine, was originally published here. Legal Implications of Outing the Whistleblower In one heated exchange during day three of the impeachment hearings, Rep. Adam Schiff cut off a line of questioning to protect the whistleblower’s identity, saying the whistleblower has “a statutory right [...]

PRESS RELEASE: House Committee Holds Hearing on Implications of ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2019 House Committee Holds Hearing on Implications of ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy Government Accountability Project Clients Submit Testimony in Hearing WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, November 19, the House Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation and Operations of the House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing titled [...]

November 20th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, MPP, Press, Press release|

PRESS RELEASE: Former Asylum Officer Blows Whistle on Harm to Immigrants Under MPP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2019 Former Asylum Officer Blows Whistle on Harm to Immigrants Under MPP Government Accountability Project Client Goes Public With Concerns  WASHINGTON – This week, former U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) asylum officer Douglas Stephens first spoke publicly about his decision to blow the whistle [...]

November 18th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, MPP, Press release|

LA Times: Asylum Officers Rebel Against Trump Policies They Say Are Immoral And Illegal

This article, featuring our client Doug Stephens, was originally published here.  Asylum Officers Rebel Against Trump Policies They Say Are Immoral And Illegal It only took Doug Stephens two days to decide: He wasn’t going to implement President Trump’s latest policy to restrict immigration, known as Remain in Mexico. The [...]

November 15th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, In The News, MPP|

Fast Facts on Legal Accountability for Outing the Anonymous Whistleblower

Fast Facts on Legal Accountability for Outing the Anonymous Whistleblower By Tom Devine, Legal Director Donald Trump, Jr. and others’ enthusiastic efforts to expose the anonymous impeachment whistleblowers are felonies under relevant whistleblower laws, and the President has liability for launching their campaign through his own demands. While commentators are [...]

WaPo: In Scathing Manifesto, An Asylum Officer Blasts Trump’s Cruelty to Migrants

Note: this article, featuring our Senior Counsel Director of Education, Dana Gold, was originally published here. In a Scathing Manifesto, An Asylum Officer Blasts Trump's Cruelty to Migrants President Trump’s requirement that asylum seekers remain in Mexico while they await hearings in the United States is creating a new humanitarian crisis. [...]

November 14th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, In The News, MPP|

Press Release: Food Integrity Campaign Hosts Conference to Celebrate 10th Anniversary 

For Immediate Release:  November 14, 2019 Food Integrity Campaign Hosts Conference to Celebrate 10th Anniversary  Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign hosts speakers, panels, and a new award to mark the anniversary WASHINGTON - Food Integrity Campaign is hosting an all day conference to mark the 10th anniversary of their [...]

November 14th, 2019|Categories: Food Integrity, Press release|

NBC4i: Warner Pushes for Protection of Whistleblower in Impeachment Inquiry

This article, originally published here, includes commentary from our Irvin McCullough. Warner Pushes for Protection of Whistleblower in Impeachment Inquiry WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — Senator Mark Warner, co-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he’s deeply disturbed by the President Trump’s Twitter attacks on the intelligence whistleblower at the heart of [...]

November 13th, 2019|Categories: IC Whistleblower, In The News, Ukraine Whistleblower, Whistleblower Anonymity|

Agriculture Whistleblowers to Attend “Eating Animals” Screening

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2019 Agriculture Whistleblowers to Attend “Eating Animals” Screening  Government Accountability Project Clients on Panel for Award-Winning Movie WASHINGTON - Today, Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign will host a screening of the Environmental Media Award winning documentary Eating Animals. The factory farming documentary was based [...]

November 12th, 2019|Categories: Food Integrity, Press|

PRESS RELEASE: Elizabeth Warren Demands DHS Provide Information Regarding Harmful ICE Solitary Confinement Policies

November 8, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Elizabeth Warren Demands DHS Provide Information Regarding Harmful ICE Solitary Confinement Policies Letter References Government Accountability Project Whistleblower Client WASHINGTON - Last Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties [...]

November 8th, 2019|Categories: ICE solitary confinement, Immigration, Press release|

STATEMENT: Civil Society Strongly Condemns Attacks on the Whistleblower

11/07/2019 The undersigned civil society organizations strongly condemn the deliberate and reckless attacks on the whistleblower. These heinous actions undermine the fragile fabric of safe legal channels for disclosing wrongdoing in the intelligence community. As a result future wrongdoing will go unreported or will be disclosed outside legally protected channels. [...]

November 7th, 2019|Categories: Press release, Ukraine Whistleblower, Whistleblower Anonymity|

Sign-On: Re. Extension of Modernization Committee

November 6, 2019 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House United States House of Representatives 1236 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Republican Leader United States House of Representatives 2468 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy: We write to [...]

November 6th, 2019|Categories: Press, Sign-on Letter|

Tom Devine Accepts Award on Behalf of Whistleblowers

Tom Devine Accepts Award on Behalf of Whistleblowers The Coalition for Integrity presented their annual awards on October 30 to recognize individuals and groups for their work on transparency and commitment to anti-corruption. An award was presented to Government Accountability Project’s Legal Director Tom Devine, which he accepted on behalf [...]

November 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|

PRESS STATEMENT: Government Accountability Project Condemns Trump Family’s Irresponsible Comments on Alleged Whistleblower Identity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/06/2019  Government Accountability Project Condemns Trump Family’s Irresponsible Comments on Alleged Whistleblower Identity Guessing at a Whistleblower’s Identity Chills Critical Speech, Harms Uninvolved Parties   WASHINGTON — Today, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out the name of the individual that some claim is the intelligence community whistleblower. In [...]

November 6th, 2019|Categories: Press release, Ukraine Whistleblower|

WSJ: Parties Spar Over White House Aide in Combative Impeachment Hearing

This article, featuring our Irvin McCullough, was originally published here.  Parties Spar Over White House Aide in Combative Impeachment Hearing Democrats accuse Republicans of using appearance by Col. Vindman to try to unmask whistleblower WASHINGTON—Testimony of a White House national security official turned combative Tuesday as Democrats accused Republicans of [...]

October 30th, 2019|Categories: IC Whistleblower, Intelligence Whistleblowing, National Security|

Sign On Letter: Whistleblower Advocates Call for Intel Whistleblower Law Reforms

The Honorable Richard Burr Chairman Senate Select Committee on Intelligence The Honorable Mark Warner Vice Chairman Senate Select Committee on Intelligence The Honorable Adam Schiff Chairman House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence The Honorable Devin Nunes Ranking Member House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Dear Chairmen Burr and Schiff, Vice [...]

October 29th, 2019|Categories: Press, Sign-on Letter|

Sign On: Coalition Statement Re. U.S.-U.K. Cloud Act Executive Agreement

October 29, 2019 The Honorable Lindsey Graham, Chairman The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Jim Risch, Chairman The Honorable Bob Menendez, Ranking Member U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 423 Dirksen Senate Office Building [...]

October 29th, 2019|Categories: Press, Sign-on Letter|

Sign On: Letter to ADNI Joseph Maguire

October 25, 2019 To Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, In recent years we have regularly met with representatives from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and various intelligence agencies with the goal of maintaining open and honest communications, and increasing transparency, even amid strong substantive [...]

October 28th, 2019|Categories: Press, Sign-on Letter|

Guest Blog: Whistleblower Case Exposes Gaps in Federal Protections

Whistleblower Case Exposes Gaps in Federal Protections By Shanna Devine, former Government Accountability Project investigator and current worker health and safety advocate at Public Citizen. A whistleblower’s disclosure that President Donald Trump abused his power to “solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election,” has gripped the nation and [...]

October 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Ukraine Whistleblower, Uncategorized|

A Timely Panel: Government Accountability Project Joins Bestselling Author for Launch of Book Tour 

A Timely Panel: Government Accountability Project Joins Bestselling Author for Launch of Book Tour  By Emma Lyons On Tuesday, October 1st, Government Accountability Project was honored to be an integral part of the launch of New York Times-bestselling author Tom Mueller’s new book, Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age [...]

October 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|

What the United Nations and President Trump have in Common When it Comes to Whistleblowers 

What the United Nations and President Trump have in Common When it Comes to Whistleblowers:  Hostile Responses to Whistleblowers Plague the United Nations By Gabrielle Simeck and Samantha Feinstein Since a confidential intelligence community (IC) whistleblower’s complaint regarding a phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukraine President [...]

October 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized, United Nations|

A Comparative Analysis of U.S. v E.U. Whistleblower Law

A Comparative Analysis of U.S. v E.U. Whistleblower Law By Samantha Feinstein and Tom Devine On April 16, 2019, the European Parliament approved the European Union (EU) Whistleblower Directive, formally called the “Directive on the Protection of Persons Reporting on Breaches of Union Law.” The Directive is legally binding and [...]

October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog, International, Uncategorized|

WSJ: Trump Again Attacks Whistleblower as Lawmakers Defend His Confidentiality

This article, featuring our Irvin McCullough, was originally published here.   Trump Again Attacks Whistleblower as Lawmakers Defend His Confidentiality Senators call for protection of the person whose complaint launched the impeachment inquiry President Trump again lashed out at the whistleblower whose complaint is driving the House impeachment inquiry, while also pushing for [...]

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Washington Times: Trump Says Whistleblower’s Complaint ‘Not Holding Up;’ Lawyers Fear for Safety

This article, featuring our legal director Tom Devine, was originally published here. Trump Says Whistleblower's Complaint 'Not Holding Up;' Lawyers Fear for Safety President Trump stepped up his attacks Monday on the anonymous government whistleblower who launched an impeachment inquiry against him, while Democrats and attorneys for the whistleblower say they have [...]

October 1st, 2019|Categories: In The News|

KPBS: Dangerous San Diego Research Prompts Congress to Hold Hearing on VA

This article, featuring our legal director Tom Devine, was originally published here. Dangerous San Diego Research Prompts Congress To Hold Hearing On VA Congress will conduct a hearing to investigate a powerful healthcare office in the Department of Veterans Affairs following inewsource stories that exposed the office’s shoddy review of a dangerous San [...]

October 1st, 2019|Categories: In The News, VA Accountability, Veterans|

Huff Po:

This article, featuring our Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Trump Pushes Debunked Conspiracy Theory About Whistleblower Reports The president and his defenders claim whistleblowers were previously required to report only firsthand information. But that’s not true. President Donald Trump on Monday pushed a debunked conspiracy theory about the rules [...]

September 30th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Statement: “The President Is Putting Lives in Danger with This Reckless and Violent Rhetoric.” 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/26/2019 Government Accountability Project: “The President is putting lives in danger with this reckless and violent rhetoric.”  Whistleblower Advocates Criticize Trump’s Violent Rhetoric Before UN Staff  WASHINGTON – On the same day the Acting Director of National Intelligence gave testimony to Congress regarding his questionable handling of [...]

September 26th, 2019|Categories: National Security, Press|

Press Release: Government Accountability Project Submits Comments for ICE Oversight Hearings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  09/26/2019 Government Accountability Project Submits Comments for ICE Oversight Hearings WASHINGTON - Government Accountability Project submitted statements for two congressional oversight hearings on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) detention practices held today highlighting the disclosures of our clients and immigration whistleblowers, Drs. Scott Allen and [...]

September 26th, 2019|Categories: Press release|

Press Release: Senate Bill Would Close Gaping Loophole in Financial Whistleblower Law 

09/25/2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Senate Bill Would Close Gaping Loophole in Financial Whistleblower Law  Government Accountability Project Worked With Senators to Recommend Changes WASHINGTON - Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Whistleblower Programs Improvement Act on September 23. This [...]

September 25th, 2019|Categories: Press release|

Just Security: Handling of Whistleblower Complaint Makes It Impossible for IG To Do His Job

This op-ed was written by Government Accountability Project's National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough and originally appeared here.  Whistleblowers inside the Intelligence Community are navigating dangerous waters during these interesting times of ours. The system designed to shield these truth-tellers from retaliation is still nascent, but the channel for them to [...]

September 18th, 2019|Categories: In The News, National Security|

BLOOMBERG: U.S. Speeds Pig Slaughter Ahead of Looming China Supply Gap

This article, featuring our Director of Public Health Amanda Hitt, was originally published here.  U.S. Speeds Pig Slaughter Ahead of Looming China Supply Gap  New Department of Agriculture regulations are set to bring U.S. pork processors a windfall. Under rule changes announced Tuesday, which include a “modernized” inspection system, hog slaughter can [...]

September 18th, 2019|Categories: In The News, Public Health|

Yahoo: Rare External Investigation Finds Wrongdoing in the CIA’s Watchdog Office

This article, featuring our national security analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here.  Rare External Investigation Finds Wrongdoing in the CIA's Watchdog Office  On a spring day in late April 2014, officials at the CIA’s watchdog office slapped yellow crime-scene tape and heavy-duty combination locks on an employee’s office door [...]

September 12th, 2019|Categories: In The News, National Security|

WaPo: The Other Problem with ICE Detention: Solitary Confinement

The Other Problem with ICE Detention: Solitary Confinement Note: this op-ed was written by our client, Ellen Gallagher. It was originally published here.  Many of us were distressed this month as the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched its largest worksite raid in a decade, arresting 680 workers [...]

August 28th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, In The News|

Dr. George Luber, CDC’s Persecuted Climate & Health Expert, Files Whistleblower Protection Claim

Dr. George Luber, CDC's Persecuted Climate & Health Expert, Files Whistleblower Protection Claim By Anne Polansky We recently wrote about the plight of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Climate and Health Program and the political persecution of its former chief, epidemiologist Dr. George Luber. This courageous truth-teller [...]

August 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|

Ms Magazine: Untold Pain: Shedding Light on ICE’s Systemic Abuse of Civil Detainees

Note: this article, written by our client Ellen Gallagher, was originally published here. Untold Pain: Shedding Light on ICE’s Systemic Abuse of Civil Detainees On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched its largest worksite raid in a decade, arresting 680 workers [...]

August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Immigration, In The News|

USA Today: VA whistleblower-protection worker asks for protection

This article originally appeared in USA Today and features our client, Brandon Coleman. WASHINGTON – All Brandon Coleman wanted was a meeting. The onetime addiction counselor and Veterans Affairs whistleblower known for exposing poor care of suicidal veterans at the Phoenix VA hospital has been doing outreach to other VA whistleblowers since [...]

August 22nd, 2019|Categories: In The News, VA Accountability|

Market Watch: Tax-Cheat Whistleblowers Raking In Record Reward Money Under Expanding Legal Protections

Note: this article, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine, was originally published here.  Tax-Cheat Whistleblowers Raking In Record Reward Money Under Expanding Legal Protections  WASHINGTON — Whistleblowers who helped the federal government collect $1.4 billion in unpaid taxes last year reaped a record $312 million in reward money thanks to [...]

August 9th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Five Things Not To Do If You Want to be a Successful National Security Whistleblower

Five Things Not To Do If You Want to be a Successful National Security Whistleblower Inspired by the Official Secrets film By Gabrielle Simeck  The new film Official Secrets recounts the powerful story of Katharine Gun, a former translator and specialist at a British intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), [...]

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, National Security|

Daily Beast: Whistleblower Allegations Surfaced Just Before DNI Pick John Ratcliffe Withdrew

This article, featuring our National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Whistleblower Allegations Surfaced Just Before DNI Pick John Ratcliffe Withdrew Trump blamed the media for his nominee’s withdrawal, but it may have to do with his proximity to a company accused of being instrumental in reprisal against [...]

August 3rd, 2019|Categories: In The News, National Security|

The Problem at the Heart of Puerto Rico’s Multiple Crises

Adam Arnold, Government Accountability Project Investigator and Environmental Counsel, lives in San Juan just a few blocks from La Fortaleza –the Governor’s residence and focal point of the recent protests which led to Governor Rosselló’s resignation. He is observing conditions as they unfold. Puerto Rico suffers from a history of [...]

August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Foreign Policy: Can Trump’s Pick for Intel Chief Tell the President What He Needs to Hear?

Note: this article, featuring our national security analyst, Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Can Trump’s Pick for Intel Chief Tell the President What He Needs to Hear? irector of National Intelligence Dan Coats was an increasing rarity in the orbit of U.S. President Donald Trump. As the principal intelligence [...]

July 31st, 2019|Categories: In The News, National Security|

Press Release: Senators Demand Answers From ICE on Misuse of Solitary Confinement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  07/25/2019 Senators Demand Answers From ICE on Misuse of Solitary Confinement Letter Follows Whistleblower Demand for Congressional Investigation WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, Sens. Blumenthal (D-CT) and Grassley (R-IA) wrote a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding further information regarding the agency’s use of solitary [...]

July 25th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, Press, Press release|

Federal News Network: New Accountability Office Hasn’t Made a Dent in VA’s ‘Culture of Retaliation,’ Whistleblowers Say

This article, featuring our Legal Director, Tom Devine, was originally published here.  New Accountability Office Hasn't Made a Dent in VA's 'Culture of Retaliation,' Whistleblowers Say The Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing new policies, training and guidelines that it says should help the agency — and its still-relatively-new Office of [...]

July 24th, 2019|Categories: In The News, VA Accountability, Veterans|

Daily Beast: The Shady Connections of a Retired U.S. General Who Made It Rain in Iraq

This article, written by our Zack Kopplin and Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Lieutenant General Frank Helmick was a decorated U.S. Army officer. In 2004, he led the raid that killed the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s murderous sons, Uday and Qusay. Later, Helmick commanded NATO’s training mission in Iraq, then spent a [...]

July 24th, 2019|Categories: In The News, International|

Connecting Vets: ‘There is Room for Improvement’ VA Tells Congress on Protecting Whistleblowers, Preventing Retaliation

The Department of Veterans Affairs had an opportunity Tuesday to defend itself against allegations from whistleblowers that retaliation against them has gotten worse -- not better. President Donald Trump in 2017 created the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protections, and Congress codified it in the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, intending [...]

July 24th, 2019|Categories: In The News, VA Accountability, Veterans|

Yahoo! News: Who is a ‘covert agent’? CIA bid to expand the category raises alarm for civil liberties groups

Read the original story here. WASHINGTON­ — In 1975, Richard Welch, the CIA station chief in Athens, was murdered in front of his home as he returned with his wife from a Christmas party. Intelligence officials said Welch’s identity had been compromised by stories in Greek and American news outlets. A Communist [...]

July 15th, 2019|Categories: In The News, National Security|

Government Executive: Intelligence Bill Would Enhance Whistleblower Protections

See the original story here. Among the many items on Congress’s crowded July agenda is floor action on a three-year catch-up on the Intelligence Community authorization bill, a largely bipartisan package drafted in both chambers, with Senate provisions that would enhance protections for whistleblowers. On June 26, the House Select [...]

July 9th, 2019|Categories: In The News, National Security|

The Real “Unreasonable”: How the UK uses this Vague Term to Deny Rights to Whistleblowers with Retaliation-Trauma Symptoms

The Real “Unreasonable”: How the UK uses this Vague Term to Deny Rights to Whistleblowers with Retaliation-Trauma Symptoms By Abby Price In Great Britain, appearance, rather than merit, serves as a basis for justice in whistleblower retaliation cases. Employment tribunals, independent bodies within the national judicial system authorized to hear [...]

July 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog, International|

Intercept: A Whistleblower Pointed to ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement. Now Pressure Mounts For Congressional Investigation.

Note: this article, featuring our clients, was originally published here. A Whistleblower Pointed to Ice Abuse of Solitary Confinement. Now Pressure Mounts for Congressional Investigation  An advocacy group that represents whistleblowers sent a scathing letter Thursday to the House and Senate committees overseeing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, calling on the congressional bodies [...]

June 27th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, In The News|

WaPo: Whistleblower Says VA Ordered Fake Appointments to Cut Waiting List

Note: this article, featuring our legal director and clients, was originally published here. Whistleblower Says VA Ordered Fake Appointments to Cut Waiting List  One day before Minu Aghevli testified at a House committee hearing about official Department of Veterans Affairs misconduct, she received a thick packet of documents that shook [...]

June 27th, 2019|Categories: In The News, VA Accountability, Veterans|

Democracy Now: DHS Whistleblower Who Spoke Out Against Obama-Era Immigration Jails Condemns Conditions on the Border

Note: this article, featuring our client, was originally published here. DHS Whistleblower Who Spoke Out Against Obama-Era Immigration Jails Condemns Conditions on Border Immigration jails along the southern border are facing heightened scrutiny following horrific reports of dirty and unhygienic conditions at a detention center in Clint, Texas, and other [...]

June 27th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, In The News, Uncategorized|

USA Today: VA Health Care Workers Say Managers Are Trying to Silence Them on Veteran Care

Note: this article, featuring our legal director Tom Devine and clients, was originally published here. VA Health Care Workers Say Managers Are Trying to Silence Them on Veteran Care WASHINGTON – Health care professionals from the Department of Veterans Affairs testified at a congressional hearing Tuesday that they are being [...]

June 25th, 2019|Categories: In The News, VA Accountability, Veterans|

Gov Exec: VA Whistleblowers Tell Congress Retaliation Still Rampant

Note: this article, featuring our legal director and clients, was originally published here. VA Whistleblowers Tell Congress Retaliation Still Rampant One VA employee received proposed firing notice one day prior to testifying. The Veterans Affairs Department continues to punish employees who speak out against dangerous or improper practices at the [...]

June 25th, 2019|Categories: In The News, VA Accountability, Veterans|

The Hill: Internal DHS and ICE Immigration Practices Are Broken

Note: this article, written by our Dana Gold and Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Internal DHS and Ice Immigration Detention Practices Are Broken This month’s damning report from the agency’s own inspector general, which rebuked ICE’s detention practices, including placing immigrants in solitary confinement, is an accountability decoy. In fact, the [...]

June 24th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, In The News, Whistleblowers|

Intercept: Elizabeth Warren Condemns ICE’s “Cruel and Unnecessary” Use of Solitary Confinement, Demands Answer

This article, featuring Government Accountability Project client Ellen Gallagher, was originally published here. Elizabeth Warren Condemns ICE's "Cruel and  Unnecessary" Use of Solitary Confinement, Demands Answers  Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and presidential candidate, sent a letter on Friday to Immigration and Customs Enforcement demanding answers about the agency’s use [...]

June 21st, 2019|Categories: Immigration, In The News|

Intercept: A Homeland Security Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement

This article was originally published here and features Government Accountability Project client, Ellen Gallagher. A Homeland Security Whistleblower Goes Public About Ice Abuse of Solitary Confinement  Ellen Gallagher was stunned when she first learned that immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement were sometimes placed in isolation with no human contact [...]

June 21st, 2019|Categories: Immigration, In The News|

Rewire News: ‘Willful Recklessness’: Trump Pushes for Indefinite Family Detention

This article, featuring Government Accountability Project clients, was originally published here. ‘Willful Recklessness’: Trump Pushes for Indefinite Family Detention The Trump administration is taking steps to extend the detention of migrant families despite documented concerns from the medical community—including two doctors under federal contract to monitor the facilities where they [...]

June 21st, 2019|Categories: Immigration, In The News|

Washington Examiner: ‘They Killed the Program’: FEMA Contractors in Puerto Rico Claim They Were Fired For Reporting Waste and Fraud

'They Killed the Program': FEMA Contractors in Puerto Rico Claim They Were Fired For Reporting Waste and Fraud This article was originally published here. Federal contractors working to improve Puerto Rico’s disaster response were laid off after they filed whistleblower reports claiming that their efforts were blocked by dysfunction and [...]

June 20th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Food Safety News: North Carolina’s ‘civil’ approach to ‘ag gag’ getting federal review

This article was originally published here. North Carolina's 'Civil' Approach to 'Ag Gag' Getting Federal Review PETA v. Joshua H. Stein, the North Carolina case involving a civil statute, is supposed to wrap up its discovery phase this month. The case over the Tar Heel state’s 4-year-old Property Protection Act [...]

June 10th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

UnDark: Nine Years After BP Spill, Some Cleanup Workers Still Feel Sting of Dispersants

This article was originally published here. Nine Years After BP Spill, Some Cleanup Workers Still Feel Sting of Dispersants Federal officials charged with regulating the use of the toxic chemicals have been dragging their heels. NINE YEARS AGO, I traveled down to the bustling Louisiana bayou fishing town of Venice, where [...]

June 6th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Miami Herald: Former Haiti Police Commander Flees Island, Faces Drug-Trafficking Probe in Miami

This article was originally published here. Former Haiti police commander flees island, faces drug-trafficking probe in Miami The former chief of the Haiti National Police’s anti-drug unit, who lost his command after being implicated in a bungled Haitian drug-smuggling operation, is in U.S. immigration custody in Miami. Joris Mergelus quietly [...]

June 6th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

PRESS RELEASE: Government Accountability Project Statement on the Department of Justice’s Expanded Espionage Act Charges Against Julian Assange

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2019 Government Accountability Project Statement on the Department of Justice’s Expanded Espionage Act Charges Against Julian Assange WASHINGTON –On April 11, 2019, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London, charged with conspiring to facilitate whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s acquisition and transmission of classified information in [...]

May 24th, 2019|Categories: Press|

WaPo: USDA to Shift Some Inspector Tasks to Pork Plant Workers — In Everything But Name

This article was originally published here. USDA to Shift Some Inspector Tasks to Pork Plant Workers -- In Everything But Name At a Smithfield hog plant in central Illinois, federal meat inspectors examine pig carcasses on the slaughter line, remove diseased and contaminated meat, and mark it “condemned.” They have [...]

May 24th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

CNN: These Doctors Risked Their Careers to Expose the Dangers Children Face in Immigrant Family Detention

This article was originally published by CNN. Dr. Scott Allen and Dr. Pamela McPherson were used to working behind the scenes, quietly documenting the devastating things they'd seen. Children's fingers crushed by cell doors. A boy who'd lost nearly a third of his body weight in a matter of [...]

May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Family Detention, Immigration, In The News|

Defense News: Shanahan’s gag rule memo nets bipartisan backlash

This article was originally published here. Shanahan's Gag Rule Memo Nets Bipartisan Backlash  WASHINGTON ― The top Democrat and Republican of the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday they will act against acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s new restrictions on how the Pentagon tells Congress about international military operations. HASC [...]

May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

KQED: Trump’s Push to Detain More Migrant Families Is Risky and Inhumane, Advocates Warn

This article, featuring Government Accountability Project clients, was originally published here. As the number of families seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border grows, the Trump administration is contemplating the detention of more parents with their children while they wait to go before an immigration judge. A new directive by U.S. Attorney General William [...]

May 16th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Oversight of the UN is a Road to Nowhere

Oversight of the UN is a Road to Nowhere: UN Deflection and Distraction from Peacekeepers’ Sexual Exploitation and Abuse By Gabrielle Simeck On April 30th, the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held an open hearing on “UN Peacekeeping Operations in Africa,” [...]

May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog, International, Uncategorized|

Boeing, Theranos, & the Cost of Secrecy

Boeing, Theranos, & the Cost of Secrecy By Gabrielle Simeck Boeing is a world renowned aircraft manufacturer, the largest in the United States. Theranos is a now-defunct health technology company that plummeted from a value of $9 billion to zero. What do they have in common? More than you’d [...]

April 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|

Assessment of European Union Whistleblower Directive

Assessment of European Union Whistleblower Directive By: Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project Legal Director The European Union Whistleblower Directive is a landmark for freedom of speech, and it is far stronger than anyone had realistically hoped would be achieved. However, in order to obtain consensus, some of the most [...]

April 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog, International|

GovExec: New Whistleblower Protection Office Is Under Investigation for Retaliating Against Whistleblowers

This article was originally published by Government Executive. The Veterans Affairs Department’s watchdog is investigating a new office created by President Trump early in his administration that was designed to protect whistleblowers from reprisal but is now facing allegations of aiding retaliation against them. VA’s Office of Inspector General is [...]

April 16th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

NPR: Whistleblower Protections Key Tool To Investigators Probing Waste And Abuse of Power

This article was originally published by NPR. Civil servant Tricia Newbold recently became a whistleblower, approaching a federal government watchdog and Congress to report senior officials overturning security clearance denials for White House staff. She is protected from retaliation under the Whistleblower Protection Act, which marks its 30th anniversary this [...]

April 13th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Immigration Whistleblowers Drs. Scott Allen and Pamela McPherson Win Ridenhour Prize

Government Accountability Project Clients Awarded Truth-Telling Accolade WASHINGTON –  Type Media Center, the Fertel Foundation, and the Stewart R. Mott Foundation will honor the greatest truth-tellers of 2019 at their annual Ridenhour Prizes. The Prizes were established in 2003 to commemorate the memory of Ron Ridenhour, a whistleblower and investigative [...]

April 11th, 2019|Categories: Immigration, Press release|

NPR: Whistleblower Protection Act Has Earned Bipartisan Support In The Last 30 Years

This interview was originally published by NPR. The law providing legal protection for whistleblowers passed 30 years ago and lawmakers from both parties agree those willing to come forward to report abuse or misdeeds are needed for accountability. Transcript: ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The question of whether Julian Assange is a [...]

April 11th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Make It Safe Coalition Remarks on 30th Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, April 10, 2019, marks the Whistleblower Protection Act’s (WPA) 30th anniversary. The Make It Safe Coalition’s (MISC) Steering Committee commemorates the anniversary with a call to bridge the still-wide gap between the rights and the reality of implementing that landmark legislation’s [...]

April 10th, 2019|Categories: Press release|

Leading Whistleblower Organizations Launch Update to Survival Guide For Whistleblowers on 30th Anniversary of Whistleblower Protection Act

For Immediate Release: April 10, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, on the 30th Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA), Project On Government Oversight (POGO), Government Accountability Project and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) are launching an updated resource for federal whistleblowers. The book, “Caught Between Conscience & Career: Expose [...]

April 10th, 2019|Categories: Press release|

GovExec: TSA Air Marshal Whistleblower Fired for Second Time

This article was originally published by Government Executive. The 16-year drama of a well-known Transportation Security Administration whistleblower took another turn last month when former Air Marshal Robert MacLean was fired by the agency—for the second time. MacLean on Tuesday confirmed to Government Executive—in the midst of higher-level drama of President [...]

April 9th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Washington Post: Five myths about whistleblowers

Five myths about whistleblowers They’re not the same as “leakers” — and they don’t always go to the press. By Dana Gold, Senior Counsel and Director of Education. This article was originally published in The Washington Post. When a whistleblower revealed the Trump administration’s decision to overturn 25 security clearance denials, [...]

April 5th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Five Years After Snowden Blew the Whistle, The NSA Shutters Controversial Program

Program’s Shutdown Highlights Impact of Former Government Accountability Project Client On March 4th, The New York Times reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) had shut down a major data-collection program that had faced prolonged criticism over its expansive reach. In 2013, Edward Snowden, then an NSA contractor with [...]

March 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, National Security, Uncategorized, US Government|

Government Executive: Federal Employee Appeals Board’s Doomsday Has Arrived

Read the original story here. The quasi-judicial agency that determines federal employees’ challenges to adverse actions will no longer have any Senate-confirmed board members starting Friday, leaving its capacity to operate at all in question. Mark Robbins, the loan remaining member on the Merit Systems Protection Board’s central panel, will [...]

March 4th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT FILES WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT IN FEDERAL COURT AGAINST KRAFT-HEINZ FOODS

For Immediate Release: Whistleblower Alleges Retaliation Following Chemical Mix-up in Food   SOUTH CAROLINA –  Friday, February 22, Government Accountability Project filed suit against Kraft-Heinz Foods on behalf of whistleblower, Dr. David Glover, in the U.S. District Court of South Carolina Greenwood Division. Dr. David Glover was a sanitation manager at the [...]

March 1st, 2019|Categories: Press release|

State of (Un)Accountability: Trump’s Declaration of Emergency and Its Impact on Government Accountability

On February 15, President Trump declared a National State of Emergency following his failure to secure congressional approval for border wall funding. In a last-minute deal to avoid a second government shutdown, legislators agreed on February 14 to finance $1.375 billion in funding for fencing along the southern border. The [...]

February 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, US Government|

CREW On Behalf of Government Accountability Project Sues For Middle East Marshall Plan Documents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2019 Washington— Six government agencies failed to provide documents regarding efforts by Trump Administration officials, including Jared Kushner, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and businessman Thomas Barrack, to advance the so-called “Middle East Marshall Plan” to sell nuclear technology outside of the statutorily mandated [...]

February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Press release|

The Daily Beast: DOJ Is Investigating Whether U.S. Payoffs to Iraqi Officials Opened the Door for ISIS

Read the original article here The Department of Justice is investigating a military contracting company, Sallyport Global Services, to find out if it played a role in the alleged bribery of Iraqi government officials in exchange for exclusive contracts that cost American taxpayers billions. But even the Feds may not [...]

February 12th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Government Accountability Project Mourns the Loss of Mickey Glazer

It is with great sadness that Government Accountability Project learned of the passing of Mickey Glazer. Dr. Glazer was a profound intellectual and author of one of the most groundbreaking books on whistleblowing ever written, The Whistleblowers: Exposing Corruption in Government and Industry. An academic, civic activist, and longtime friend [...]

February 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Speaking Up for Science: New Support for Science Whistleblowers

At Government Accountability Project, we believe that truth deserves a champion. That is why, for more than 40 years, we have assisted over 8,000 whistleblowers, some of the most impactful being science professionals. Employees in diverse fields in both the public and private sector have exercised their integrity, and their [...]

February 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Washington Post: Trump blames Senate for not approving nominees, but ignores his poor record

Read the original article here In his State of the Union address, President Trump blamed the Republican controlled Senate for foot-dragging on his political appointees. "This new era of cooperation can start with finally confirming the more than 300 highly qualified nominees who are still stuck in the Senate – some after [...]

February 8th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

The Power of Individual Conscience: Strategically Multiplied

TEDx Wilmington Salon: Whistleblowers and the First Amendment, July 30, 2016 In this speech by Louis Clark, Executive Director of Government Accountability Project, Clark frames whistleblowing as the inconvenient truth that is worth championing. Clark founded the organization in 1977 and has received numerous awards for his [...]

May 15th, 2020|Categories: Videos|

Whistleblower Protection and the Truth: Linked Intimately

TEDx Wilmington Salon: Whistleblowers and the First Amendment, July 30, 2016 In this talk on whistleblowing as freedom of speech, Government Accountability Project Legal Director, Tom Devine, illustrates the historical impact of whistleblowers and the potential of their truth to positively shape society. Devine has assisted thousands [...]

May 15th, 2020|Categories: Videos|

Truth Be Told: Reflections from Whistleblowers

State Farm Ethics Lecture, University of Nebraska Lincoln, September 20, 2017 Dana Gold, Government Accountability Project Director of Education, facilitates a conversation with whistleblowers Richard Bowen and Walt Tamosaitis on their decisions to blow the whistle, the retaliation they suffered, and the changes they saw their disclosures [...]

May 15th, 2020|Categories: Videos|

Working with Whistleblowers: A Guide for Public Interest Organizations

This resource was developed to support advocacy groups that, in the course of working on issues across the social, economic, and environmental justice spectrums, might encounter employees who want to share important information to advance accountability. The free guide offers practical guidance to help them protect and support potential [...]

May 15th, 2020|Categories: Guides|

Caught Between Conscience and Career: Expose Abuse Without Exposing Your Identity

Published by Government Accountability Project in partnership with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Project On Government Oversight, Caught Between Conscience and Career is a free survival guide for public employees considering blowing the whistle on waste, fraud, or abuse while maintaining anonymity. Whistleblowers can look to this guide for [...]

May 15th, 2020|Categories: Books|

Working with Whistleblowers: A Guide for Journalists

The partnership between whistleblowers and journalists is essential to a functioning democracy. The power of whistleblowers to hold institutions and leaders accountable often depends on the critical work of journalists who verify whistleblowers’ disclosures and bring them to the public. This free guide seeks to empower and protect journalists [...]

May 15th, 2020|Categories: Guides|

Speaking Up for Science: A Guide to Whistleblowing for Federal Employees

Science whistleblowers have historically functioned as one of the most powerful vehicles for exposing environmental, health, and safety risks, research censorship, gross mismanagement, and other abuses that undermine the missions of federal agencies to protect the public interest. This free guide seeks to empower and protect federal employees of [...]

May 14th, 2020|Categories: Guides|

Truth-Telling in Government: A Guide to Whistleblowing for Federal Employees, Contractors, & Grantees

Our government’s integrity depends on the commitment and effort of millions of federal employees, contractors and grantees around the world. Those same workers are in the best position to learn when decisions and actions deviate from the core mission and responsibilities of government, be it through corruption, failing to [...]

May 14th, 2020|Categories: Guides|

Jeffrey Wigand

Jeffrey Wigand In 1995, Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, a former Vice President for Research and Development for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, rose to national prominence when he blew the whistle on tobacco companies’ manipulation of research on the effect of nicotine in tobacco products. After leaving Brown & Williamson [...]

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Public Health, Whistleblower Profiles|

Victoria Hampshire

Victoria Hampshire In 2004, Dr. Hampshire was a veterinarian working for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), monitoring drug interactions in animals and had received numerous accolades for her work. Dr. Hampshire discovered that a popular heartworm medication for dogs was killing hundreds of animals. Her analysis and reports [...]

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Public Health, Whistleblower Profiles|

Dr. Aubrey Blumsohn

Dr. Aubrey Blumsohn In early 2006, Dr. Blumsohn, a senior faculty member at Sheffield University, blew the whistle on data concealment and manipulation performed on behalf of Procter & Gamble (P&G) for the company’s osteoporosis drug, Actonel. The popular medication was primarily used by post-menopausal women to strengthen bones [...]

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Public Health, Whistleblower Profiles|

Dr. David Graham

Dr. David Graham After Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researcher, Dr. David Graham, conducted a study which showed that the painkiller Vioxx had caused 88,000 to 139,000 heart attacks with a 30 to 40 percent fatality rate, the FDA attempted to suppress his findings. Graham was able to present [...]

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Public Health, Whistleblower Profiles|

Brandon Coleman

Brandon Coleman A Marine Corps veteran and Addiction Therapist for the Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Brandon Coleman witnessed a variety of improper and possibly unlawful practices. In 2014, Coleman disclosed to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) that suicidal veterans had been neglected, and left to [...]

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Public Health, Whistleblower Profiles|

James Hundt

James Hundt Mr. James Hundt is an Associate Director in the Veterans Engineering Resource Center (VERC). He is a West Point graduate, disabled veteran, and 24-year military and federal government employee with seven years of experience in three presidential administrations within the Executive Office of the President (EOP). [...]

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Public Health, Whistleblower Profiles|

Paula Pedene

Paula Pedene Ms. Pedene is an award-winning public relations professional with 28 years of experience at the VA. She served honorably in the U.S. Navy as a broadcast journalist for over eleven years. At present, Ms. Pedene serves as a Senior Communications Specialist assigned to VA Central Office. [...]

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Public Health, Whistleblower Profiles|
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