April 20, 2014

FDA Whistleblowers’ Complaint Sparks OSC Guidance Memo on Electronic Surveillance

Congratulations to the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC)!  Thanks to Carolyn Lerner and the OSC staff! Reprint from NWC website below. Washington, D.C. June 20, 2012. Today, U.S. Special Counsel Carolyn N. Lerner issued a formal memorandum that the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) sent to the Chief Information Officers and General Counsels of all […]

Protect Public Health Service Workers-Stop Dept. of Health and Human Services Harm to Whistleblowers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 18, 2012 Whistlewatch.org Joins Effort of National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) to Stop Department of Health and Human Services Harm to Whistleblowers. * * * House and Senate leaders are in “conference” RIGHT NOW debating whether or not employees in the Public Health Service (PHS) will obtain whistleblower protections.   At stake […]

OSC Powerpoint Document Raises Questions About Whistleblower Disclosure Process

A powerpoint presentation that seems to originate from Office of Special Counsel surfaced online recently, containing information that raises questions about the way OSC processes whistleblower disclosures. The document, titled “Whistleblower Disclosures: Reporting Allegations of Agency Wrongdoing to the Office of Special Counsel,” bears the names of Catherine McMullen and Karen Gorman, the Chief and Deputy […]

New FOIA Request to Shine Light on MSPB Judges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2012 – MSPB Watch and WhistleWatch.org filed a Freedom of Information Act request June 14 with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, seeking information that would show whether MSPB judges are held accountable for deficiencies in carrying out their duties. The MSPB adjudicates whistleblower and other civil service cases. Its […]

When Confidentiality Agreements and Public Policy Collide-Joe Vincoli Changes State Law to Protect Whistleblowers

By Joe Vincoli I had never been sued before and I didn’t expect to be sued this time.  But there I was, sitting in my car talking to my wife (who works from a home office).  She’s telling me that a certified letter came and that it’s from a local law firm.  She recognizes the […]

Federal Whistleblower Robert Whitmore Vindicated-MSPB Limited Evidence Causing Error of Law

The public needs to read the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Robert Wade Whitmore v. Department of Labor, 11-3084.pdf  It’s a story that is compellingly cruel.  Cruelty inflicted using tax payer money. The contorted case shows how a long time federal service employee was severely mistreated when he […]

An Open Letter to Congress: Strengthen the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

June 4, 2012 An Open Letter to the U.S. Congress from Federal Whistleblowers: Strengthen Whistleblower and TaxPayer Protections by Improving the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 Dear Member of Congress: We, the undersigned, are federal whistleblowers who have worked in a broad array of agencies and can attest to the lack of meaningful protections for conscientious […]

Fired French Doctor Whistleblower Working Under HHS/NIH Grant Reported Violations of International Law Reinstated

I first heard from Dr. Alain Braillon back in 2010 when he contacted me through social media.  He was the first civil servant in France ever to be fired for whistleblowing.  A number of European sources publicized his case.  healthwatch_oct10.pdf The brave doctor is not well know in the U.S., but he should be because […]

Dept. of Health and Human Services Continues to Fail Oversight-Head Start Children at Serious Risk

Thank you to my colleague Don Soeken who sent me the link to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) latest semi-annual report.  index.asp Upon review, something caught my eye.  HHS, the largest grant making federal agency has continued to fail to provide proper oversight.  That lack of […]

Dover AFB Mortuary Whistleblowers Vindicated-Officials Punished for Retaliation/Prohibited Personnel Practices

Congratulations to the whistleblowers at the Dover Air Force Base!  This is one of the few times that the system worked within the federal government where whistleblowers got the last word.  Meaning they are all back in the jobs with their personnel records cleared.  The 3 officials responsible for prohibited personnel practices (whistleblower retaliation) were […]