CSWAB Joins Initiative for Federal Whistleblower Rights

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CSWAB is participating in a national initiative supporting prompt passage of legislation to restore a credible Whistleblower Protection Act for federal employees.  As part of a campaign organized by the Washington-based Government Accountability Project, more than 260 citizen organizations and corporations co-signed a January 27 letter urging congressional leadership and President Obama to support an amendment to the stimulus legislation which strengthens whistleblower rights for federal workers.

The letter stresses: “Whistleblower protection is a foundation for any change in which the public can believe.  It does not matter whether the issue is economic recovery, prescription drug safety, environmental protection, infrastructure spending, national health insurance, or foreign policy.  We need conscientious public servants willing and able to call attention to bureaucratic corruption on behalf of the taxpayers.”

The sign-on letter was ultimately instrumental in persuading House members to vote for the whistleblower amendment to the stimulus package.  Unfortunately, protection for federal employees was stripped from the final version of the stimulus bill during closed-door meetings.  Strong protections for private sector and state and local officials, however, did make it into the law.

CSWAB remains committed to the campaign and today signed a new petition organized by the National Whistleblowers Center urging the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to take immediate action to protect federal employees.
CSWAB is participating in a national initiative supporting prompt passage of legislation to restore a credible Whistleblower Protection Act for federal employees.  As part of a campaign organized by the Washington-based Government Accountability Project, more than 260 citizen organizations and corporations co-signed a January 27 letter urging congressional leadership and President Obama to support an amendment to the stimulus legislation which strengthens whistleblower rights for federal workers.

The letter stresses: “Whistleblower protection is a foundation for any change in which the public can believe.  It does not matter whether the issue is economic recovery, prescription drug safety, environmental protection, infrastructure spending, national health insurance, or foreign policy.  We need conscientious public servants willing and able to call attention to bureaucratic corruption on behalf of the taxpayers.”

The sign-on letter was ultimately instrumental in persuading House members to vote for the whistleblower amendment to the stimulus package.  Unfortunately, protection for federal employees was stripped from the final version of the stimulus bill during closed-door meetings.  Strong protections for private sector and state and local officials, however, did make it into the law.

CSWAB remains committed to the campaign and today signed a new petition organized by the National Whistleblowers Center urging the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to take immediate action to protect federal employees.

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