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Senate Hearings on Whistleblower Protections Set for Wednesday, July 25; Experts to Discuss Whether Whistleblowers Are Protected from Retaliation

July 23, 2001 

 

Beth Daley or Nicole Harkin, Project On Government Oversight, 202-347-1122
Government Accountability Project, 202-408-0034, Tom Devine (x 124), Doug Hartnett (x 136), or Mick Andersen (x 143)

On Wednesday, July 25 at 2:30 p.m., Senator Daniel Akaka will chair a hearing to consider S. 995, a bill to strengthen the Whistleblower Protection Act, in the Senate Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation, and Federal Services. Unconfirmed witnesses who may testify include:

  • Tom Devine, Legal Director of the nonprofit Government Accountability Project (http://www.whistleblower.org) an expert who has legally represented numerous government whistleblowers;
  • Senator Charles Grassley, a long time champion of whistleblower rights and protections;
  • Beth Slavet, Chair of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (http://www.mspb.gov) that hears and decides "appeals from Federal employees of removals and other major personnel actions;" and
  • Elaine Kaplan, Special Counsel, U.S. Office of Special Counsel (http://www.osc.gov,) an agency with a "primary mission to safeguard the merit system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing."

Written testimony from government whistleblowers and whistleblower experts will be accepted by the Subcommittee. The Whistleblower Protection Act bill, S. 995, was introduced on June 7, 2001 by Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Carl Levin (D-MI). Corresponding legislation in the House is slated to be introduced Monday, July 23 by Representatives Connie Morella (R-MD), Ben Gilman (R-NY) and 16 original co-sponsors. To learn more about how provisions of the Senate and House legislation will improve protections for whistleblowers, see POGO's "Media Briefer: Whistleblower Protection Act" or go to Government Accountability Project's web page http://www.whistleblower.org
 


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