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GAO REPORT VINDICATES WHISTLEBLOWER GROUP'S CHARGES OF ILLEGAL GAG ORDER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
For Further Information Contact:
Tom Devine, 202-408-0034, ext. 124
Jack Pannell, 202-408-0034, ext. 143
Washington, D.C. (September 8, 2004) ----The Government Accountability Project's (GAP) warning to Congress was vindicated by yesterday's Government Accountability Office (GAO) legal opinion finding that HHS imposed an unlawful gag order on Richard Foster. Former Medicare Chief Tom Scully tried to fire Foster for seeking to inform Congress of the true price tag of last year's controversial prescription drug bill. According to the GAO report, Mr. Scullyís annual salary should be repaid to the U.S. Treasury for his illegal actions.
Greg Watchman, GAPís Executive Director commented on the lesson to be learned: "Today's report should be a wake up call for Congress to stop flying blind with the taxpayers' money. Congress can prove it's serious about wanting to know, if it finds time to pass legislation restoring credible whistleblower laws for federal workers."
At the request of congressional staff on March 30, GAP had issued a legal memorandum drawing the same conclusion, echoed and confirmed today by the GAO. A coalition of 15 good government groups subsequently wrote Senate and House leaders urging votes on legislation pending for four years to restore the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA). Once the strongest free speech law in history on paper, it has been substantially weakened through a series of court decisions, and now is a trap that creates far more victims than it helps. After two hearings and leadership by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the bipartisan legislation (S. 2628) unanimously passed the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in July of this year. But the companion House legislation (H.R. 3281) remains bottled up in the House Government Reform Committee.
GAPís Legal Director, Tom Devine, put the Medicare scandal in perspective. "Illegal secrecy enforced by threats of reprisal has become the rule, not the exception. If 2002 was the 'Year of the Whistleblower,' 2004 has been the 'Year of the Gag.'" This year alone whistleblowers were placed under criminal leaks investigation or threatened with termination because they tried to warn Congress of public safety risks from cancellation of police coverage at National Park monuments and roads in the Capitol; terrorism risks because guns are still getting through airport checkpoints; failure to upgrade security and rigged tests of defenses against terrorists at nuclear weapons plants; public health threats from inadequate mad cow testing; and public health hazards from teenage anti-depressants.
The Whistleblower Protection Act was deemed the nation's strongest good government law when it was unanimously passed in 1989, and when it was unanimously strengthened in 1994. Devine commented on the legislative showdown about to occur. "If whistleblower reform gets a vote and is not secretly killed in the back rooms, it will pass unanimously again. Hopefully, Congress will find time to restore what has been nicknamed the Taxpayer Protection Act, each time it has been voted on.Ē
As the nation's leading whistleblower organization, The Government Accountability Project 's mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability through advancing free speech in the workplace and ethical conduct, litigating whistleblower cases, and developing policy and legal reforms of whistleblower laws. For more information visit www.whistleblower.org
Congress tightened whistle-blower protections in 1994, but Platts and Akaka said that effort has been overtaken by loopholes and exceptions created by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has monopoly jurisdiction over whistle-blower appeals. JUSTICE INACTION from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62855-2004Oct25.html?referrer=email The issue of whistle-blower rights has taken on some urgency in the past year, in part because some lawmakers worry that current statutory protections are inadequate and discourage federal employees from bringing their concerns about national defense and homeland security issues to the Congress. WHISTLEBLOWER INFORMATION AND KITS from: http://www.whistleblower.org/getcat.php?cid=32 OTHER WHISTLEBLOWER SITES http://www.osc.gov/wbdisc.htm http://www.osha.gov/dep/oia/whistleblower/ http://www.whistleblowers.org/ The Whistleblower:
If you witness wrongdoing on your job, you must choose whether to remain silent or bear witness and speak out. As you make that monumental personal decision, you should ask yourself a series of questions before you blow the whistle:
Is the wrongdoing at issue substantial enough to warrant the risks of reprisal and the investment of human and financial resources to expose it?
Are your allegations reasonable and can they be proven?
Can you make a difference in resolving the wrongdoing if you blow the whistle, or will you be beating your head against the bureaucratic wall?
Once you have decided to go forward and raise your concerns, you should then act strategically so that you will be successful. See Blowing the Whistle Wisely: Twelve Strategies for more information.
Unfortunately, whistleblowers are often targeted for retaliatory investigations, harassment, intimidation, demotion or dismissal and blacklisting. Consider how institutions respond to ethical challenges from employees.
If you believe you are a whistleblower and would like to apply to GAP for assistance, please visit this site: https://commerce18.pair.com/gap1/contactus.html
Exposing Corporate and Government Abuse - Protecting the Public Trust
Congress tightened whistle-blower protections in 1994, but Platts and Akaka said that effort has been overtaken by loopholes and exceptions created by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has monopoly jurisdiction over whistle-blower appeals.
The issue of whistle-blower rights has taken on some urgency in the past year, in part because some lawmakers worry that current statutory protections are inadequate and discourage federal employees from bringing their concerns about national defense and homeland security issues to the Congress.
WHISTLEBLOWER INFORMATION AND KITS
OTHER WHISTLEBLOWER SITES
"There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall prey than that of fraud by the government." - Benjamin Franklin
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