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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|

Senate Bill to Overhaul Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

Senate Bill to Overhaul Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations On December 12, 2019, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the “Farm System Reform Act,” a sweeping piece of legislation designed to address the worst ills of factory farms, also known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) is [...]

December 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Food Integrity|

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 [...]

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

Sunshine Week: An Annual Reminder of The Importance of Government Transparency and the Freedom of Information

In 2005, the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) launched the first annual Sunshine Week. Beginning initially as a national public awareness campaign to spark conversations about government transparency and the freedom of information, Sunshine Week has grown into a robust series of events, webinars, and panels dedicated to the [...]

March 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

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|
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