21 Organizations Encourage Senate Committee to Reform Inspectors General System

The Honorable Gary Peters Chairman Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee 724 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Rob Portman Ranking Member Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee 448 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Peters and Ranking Member Portman: As the committee meets tomorrow to [...]

2021-10-05T13:23:20-04:00October 5th, 2021|Inspectors General, Letter|

Press Statement: OIG Findings of ICE Mismanagement Confirm Whistleblower Concerns Raised Throughout the Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2021  OIG Findings of ICE Mismanagement Confirm Whistleblower Concerns Raised Throughout the Pandemic  Since the earliest days of the pandemic, whistleblowers have spoken up about mismanagement of COVID-19 in ICE facilities. Now its oversight agency validated those concerns and issued recommendations for reform.   WASHINGTON – On September 7, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security’s [...]

Yahoo News: Exclusive: Jan. 6 select committee will include former CIA inspector general found to have retaliated against whistleblower

Exclusive: Jan. 6 select committee will include former CIA inspector general found to have retaliated against whistleblower This article features our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough and was originally published here. WASHINGTON — As the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot prepares to get underway next week, it will include former CIA [...]

NPR: A Report Clears Federal Officials Who Were Suspended By A Trump Appointee Over VOA

A Report Clears Federal Officials Who Were Suspended By A Trump Appointee Over VOA This article features our client Grant Turner and Attorney David Seide and was originally published here. A federal inspector general's investigation has exonerated six government executives who were suspended last year after raising red flags about actions taken by then-President Donald [...]

The Hill: Advocacy groups press Biden to name new watchdog at housing agency

Advocacy groups press Biden to name new watchdog at housing agency This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. Three advocacy groups are urging President Biden to designate a temporary replacement for a resigning inspector general to ensure that a senior official accused of misconduct does not take over at the end of the month. [...]

The Hill: Trump appointee erred in firing Voice of America whistleblowers: watchdog

Trump appointee erred in firing Voice of America whistleblowers: watchdog This article features our Senior Counsel David Seide and was originally published here. A government watchdog found the Trump-appointed leader of Voice of America (VOA) erred in his dismissal of six employees, which was likely retaliation against whistleblowers and wrongly stripped some of them of their security [...]

Government Executive: New Attorney General Thanks Employees for Their Public Service, Vows Commitment to ‘Norms’

New Attorney General Thanks Employees for Their Public Service, Vows Commitment to ‘Norms’ This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. The new attorney general on Thursday thanked the Justice Department’s employees for their dedication to public service, as he took over the department that was rife with allegations of political interference [...]

Whistleblower News Network: Reintroduced Bipartisan Bill Will Protect Inspectors General

Reintroduced Bipartisan Bill Will Protect Inspectors General This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. On March 4, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Gary Peters (D-MI) reintroduced the Securing Inspector General Independence Act, which would strengthen the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008. The new Act requires any administration to give “substantive rationale, including [...]

East County Today: Legislation Introduced to Protect Whistleblowers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Legislation Introduced to Protect Whistleblowers During the COVID-19 Pandemic This article features our Legal Director Tom Devine and was originally published here. Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Jackie Speier (CA-14) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced H.R. 846, The COVID-19 Whistleblower Protection Act to establish strong whistleblower protections for the employees of entities that receive federal COVID-19 relief funds. [...]

Buzzfeed News: A Whistleblower Alleges A Top Trump Official Signed A Last-Minute Agreement With ICE’s Union That Could Hamstring Biden’s Immigration Policies

A Whistleblower Alleges A Top Trump Official Signed A Last-Minute Agreement With ICE’s Union That Could Hamstring Biden’s Immigration Policies This article features our Senior Counsel David Seide and was originally published here. A whistleblower alleged Monday that a top Trump administration official abused his authority by entering into a series of last-minute agreements with [...]