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

AlterNet: Whistleblowers Say ICE Intentionally Withheld Personal Protective Equipment During COVID-19 Pandemic

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and our client, was originally published here. Whistleblowers Say ICE Intentionally Withheld Personal Protective Equipment During COVID-19 Pandemic Just when you think Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cannot get any worse, reports of their cruel tactics reach new heights. Mother Jones reports that two whistleblowers from Richwood Correctional Center in Louisiana shared their experiences, including being told to lower temperatures to hide whether or not a detainee was sick prior to them [...]

Mother Jones: Whistleblowers Say ICE Detention Center Used Deceptive Tricks to Conceal COVID Outbreak

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and our clients, was originally published here. Whistleblowers Say ICE Detention Center Used Deceptive Tricks to Conceal COVID Outbreak One was instructed to crank the AC to “freeze out” detainees with fevers that ICE wanted to deport. In May, Officer Smith was at the airport in Alexandria, Louisiana, with a group of immigration detainees on the verge of being deported. But there was a problem. Smith—who asked to [...]

For Immediate Release: DHS Experts Issue Warning as ICE Attempts to Reinstitute Family Separation 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2020   DHS Experts Issue Warning as ICE Attempts to Reinstitute Family Separation  Government Accountability Project Clients Urge Congress to Prevent Imminent Harm WASHINGTON – Government Accountability Project clients Drs. Scott Allen, Pamela McPherson, and Josiah ‘Jody’ Rich, medical and mental health experts for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (DHS CRCL), sent a letter last week to Congress urging them to prevent Immigration [...]

The Wichita Eagle: This Kansas Official Pushed the TSA to Take COVID-19 Precautions on a National Level

Note: this article, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine and our client Jay Brainard, was originally published here. This Kansas Official Pushed the TSA to Take COVID-19 Precautions on a National Level When Jay Brainard first heard in January that a deadly virus could spread from China through air travel, he knew he would have to start taking extra precautions right here in Kansas. Like many, the Wichita-based official with the Transportation Security Administration in [...]

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