Government Accountability Project’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic2020-06-30T14:57:31-04:00

Covid-19: How We’re Responding

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus spread to the US in January 2020 and following the economic shutdown and stay-at-home orders, Government Accountability Project has been working with whistleblowers seeking to alert the public and our elected officials about Covid-related misconduct, fraud, and abuse of authority. Two of our clients Drs. Scott Allen and Jody Rich blew the whistle on the threat the spread of Covid-19 in ICE detention facilities represented to immigrants lives and local health settings. They sent a letter to Congress, and CNN reported their disclosure that Covid represented a “Tinderbox Scenario.” Dr. Allen later testified before the Senate Judiciary committee regarding health risks to immigrants held in detention. We also have been working with many other whistleblowers whose remain anonymous at this time to amplify their disclosures about the failed federal response to the international pandemic. To learn more about our current clients, visit our current clients page. 

How to Report Covid Wrongdoing

Report Covid-Related Wrongdoing Today!

Have you witnessed Covid-related wrongdoing in the workplace? We can help you make a difference. 

If you have any questions about our intake process or who we can help, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you need help blowing the whistle, fill out our in-take form today. 

Covid Media Center

Letter to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee to pass the Scientific Integrity Act

March 23, 2021 Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson House Science, Space and Technology Committee 2321 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Ranking Member Frank Lucas House Science, Space and Technology Committee 2321 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas, The undersigned organizations write to urge you to support the Scientific Integrity Act and pass the bill out of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. The Scientific Integrity Act would ensure scientists [...]

Letter to the Office of Management and Budget to Issue Guidance on Pandemic Data

March 23, 2021 Acting Director Rob Fairweather Office of Management and Budget 725 17th St NW Washington, DC 20503 Dear Acting Director Fairweather, We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issue guidance to federal agencies to establish standard procedures for the collection, disclosure and maintenance of data related to the pandemic. Open and accessible data are essential for not only fostering the public’s trust in government [...]

The Intercept: “Dying of Cold”: ICE Detainees Freezing in Southern Prisons

“Dying of Cold”: ICE Detainees Freezing in Southern Prisons This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. IN LOUISIANA AND Texas, immigrants seeking asylum are facing dire conditions in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers hit by this week’s extreme cold. At the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, advocates say parents and children have been living with overflowing toilets, thirst, poor hygiene, and heat that fades in and out. Twenty [...]

KQED: Trusted Leaders Are Fighting COVID-19 Vaccine Fears in Black and Latino Communities

Trusted Leaders Are Fighting COVID-19 Vaccine Fears in Black and Latino Communities This article features our client Dawn Wooten and was originally published here. Luz María Abonce arrived in San Jose more than 15 years ago. Over time, she’s been to graduations, quinceañeras, workshops and made dozens of friends throughout the eastern part of the city. Now she gets to see many of those neighbors and friends again when she knocks at their door. “We [...]

Our Covid Response

Following the guidance of Mayor Muriel Bowser and CDC guidelines for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government Accountability Project team has moved to remote working for the foreseeable future. Our staff continues to work tirelessly to champion whistleblowers and make sure every disclosure makes a difference. The Government Accountability Project team has been working to amplify whistleblowers’ disclosures on many fronts during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Education & Partnerships: We’re educating whistleblowers and the public about their rights at a time when disclosures are critical to protect lives. We’re publishing new resources, like this one-stop guide for federal workers, “Truth-Telling in Government: A Guide for Federal Employees, Contractors, and Grantees.”
  • Legislation: Our team has been working with allies in Congress to ensure whistleblower protections are included in coronavirus-related legislation and to make sure the billions of dollars that the legislature has allocated for the Covid-19 response are accountably spent.
  • Litigation & Representation: We are representing Covid whistleblowers, assisting them in preparing for Congressional testimony, and making sure that those who speak up are protected from retaliation.
  • Investigation: We are investigating instances of Covid-related misconduct and working with journalists to share our clients’ disclosures with the American public.

Covid Resources

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 comply with laws and regulations, wasting taxpayer money, jeopardizing public health and safety, or otherwise abusing the public trust.

Just in the past year alone, government whistleblowers have exposed abuse of migrants in detention centers, risks to food safety from contaminated pork, President Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into a political rival, and problems with the government’s response to the coronavirus. Through whistleblowing, ethical truth-tellers provide public service through their speech. But exercising those rights often comes with professional risk.

Government Accountability Project’s newest resource seeks to help federal government employees, contractors, and grantees–across all agencies and issues—who have discovered serious abuses of public trust and need guidance about their rights, risks and options.

Whether you have yet to raise concerns or have already made disclosures, this guide is the first step for  navigating the complex path of whistleblowing safely and effectively. 

Download your free copy.  

For additional resources about whistleblowing, visit https://whistleblower.org/resources/

Sr. Counsel Dana Gold interviews whistleblowers Drs. Scott Allen and Jody Rich

Watch this conversation with Senior Counsel Dana Gold and our clients Drs. Scott Allen and Jody Rich. Our guests discuss…

Posted by Government Accountability Project on Thursday, May 14, 2020

Sr. Counsel Dana Gold discuss resources for federal whistleblowers

Posted by Government Accountability Project on Tuesday, April 14, 2020