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House, Senate, and the President

2012 Year of the Whistleblower

    1. Dr. Don Soeken
    2. Petition by

      Dr. Don Soeken

      Ellicott City, MD

For years federal government whistleblowers have not been protected after they expose waste, fraud, and abuse of power. Our new year's resolution is a chance to speak up for truth and honesty in government programs. It is high time that we demand real protection and jury trials for fired whistleblowers. The laws that have been passed do not have regulations with teeth. Visit www.whistleblowing.us to see the International Whistleblower Archive where one can review the sad history of protection of whistleblowers. We need your support to archive the struggle and to continue the fight for whistleblower rights.

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    1. The very latest on the administrations plans for whistleblowers

      Dr. Don Soeken
      Petition Organizer

      Go to this Washington Post link and see that the administration has called out the watchdogs to expose waste, fraud, and abuse of power. Now that the watchdog employees are following the Government Code of Ethics and their President they are being muzzled, demoted, charged with a crime, and tossed out of the Federal Service. Please get others to sign this petition and so that we can show great moral support to the whistleblowers.

    2. Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth

      Dr. Don Soeken
      Petition Organizer

      Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth
      By DAVID CARR
      Last Wednesday in the White House briefing room, the administration’s press secretary, Jay Carney, opened on a somber note, citing the deaths of Marie Colvin and Anthony Shadid, two reporters who had died “in order to bring truth” while reporting in Syria.
      Jake Tapper, the White House correspondent for ABC News, pointed out that the administration had lauded brave reporting in distant lands more than once and then asked, “How does that square with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistle-blowers to court?”
      He then suggested that the administration seemed to believe that “the truth should come out abroad; it shouldn’t come out here.”
      Fair point. The Obama administration, which promised during its transition to power that it would enhance “whistle-blower laws to protect federal workers,” has been more prone than a

    3. If Mitt Romney Believes in Whistleblowers, What About the WPEA?

      Dr. Don Soeken
      Petition Organizer

      by Shanna Devine on January 30, 2012 The Whistleblogger 2010
      In last Thursday's Republican presidential debate, it was refreshing to see a candidate use the term "whistleblower" as the standard for accountability and conflicts of interest. Stated former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, in referencing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's previous role as an advisor to Freddie Mac:
      We should have had a whistleblower, not a horn tooter.
      Presidential hopeful Romney might be interested in knowing that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae employees now have access to, arguably, the strongest whistleblower disclosure unit in the books under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act's SEC whistleblower program. Of course, Romney has stated his desire to repeal Dodd-Frank, noting (however) "some revisions make sense."
      -MORE MORE- Go to Link

    4. How does the current system of appellate review work against accountability

      Dr. Don Soeken
      Petition Organizer

      Whistleblowers who appeal the decision of the MSPB have access to only one court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which consistently has ruled against whistleblowers. Since 1994, when Congress last strengthened federal whistleblower protections, through February 2011, whistleblowers have won only three out of 219 cases the Federal Circuit decided. That's a success rate of about one-half of one percent. And its decisions over the years have gutted the whistleblower rights legislated by Congress, discouraging honest federal workers who see waste from exposing it. For example, although the law on paper protects "any" lawful disclosure an employee "reasonably believes evidences" significant misconduct, the Court now excludes the most common scenarios in which whistleblower disclosures are made, such as:The whistleblower's disclosure is made in the course of doing one's job duties, such as an auditor or safety inspector. Someone else previously has pointed out the same misconduct

    5. Questions about the Whistleblower Protection Act-Make it Safe Coalition

      Dr. Don Soeken
      Petition Organizer

      Q: How is the federal whistleblower law enforced?
      A: Legitimate whistleblowers who try to fight retaliation face daunting odds under the current law. Whistleblowers who are fired, demoted, or face other types of retaliation can file a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) for a hearing. But these agencies have created so many loopholes in the law that it is ineffective. For decisions on the merits, the MSPB track record is 2-54 against whistleblowers from 2000 through 2009. In a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on June 11, 2009, Senator Akaka said, “The law has become so weak that many employees, with good reason, fear they will not be protected from retaliation if they come forward to report wrongdoing.”

    6. Next week: Specific issues that need addressing in whistleblower protection

      Dr. Don Soeken
      Petition Organizer

      If you have case laws that we should address please send them to me and we will attempt to address them

    7. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Betsy Combier NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      As Editor of International Whistleblower Association.org I believe that it is in the public interest to have a transparent government that is accountable to every citizen in its' constituency

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    • Margaret R HAZEL GREEN, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      Whistler blowers are heroic! Without them we will never know the truth. Americans need the truth and so does government.

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    • Larry Fisher CARY, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      For the last 20-30 years, politicians and political appointees (Democrat and Republican) have weakened government infrastructures with their unbridled assaults on security (FBI, CIA, and NSA) and non security-related whistleblowers. The federal government needs to be restructured to ensure that all government managers (career service) have adequate credentials. This is imperative because, in the case of electrical engineers, accountants, and auditors, the 4 year college accounting and EE degree requirements have been eliminated. There is no way of knowing how many other career service government professional positions have been compromised in this way.

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    • andy ostrowski HARRISBURG, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • over 2 years ago

      for the reasons being addressed on this site http://pennsylvaniacivilrightslawnetwork.com/

      i will link your petition to the site, and we will be providing legal background highly pertinent to your efforts. thank you, and glad i came across this.

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    • Stephen Buckley CAPE COD, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I was a 15-year federal employee doing internal oversight at U.S. Energy Dept. when I was fired for reporting the widespread misuse of environmental waivers for all DOE projects agency-wide.

      It's an open secret within the NEPA.gov community that it happens at other federal agencies, too. The Deepwater Horizon is the biggest example of federal agencies' misuse of "categorical exclusions" of federal projects from the legal requirement to first offer them for public review.

      I'm at http://twitter.com/transpartisan

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