U.S. Office of Special Counsel Submits Letter to White House, Congress Detailing 9 VA Whistleblowers’ Concerns
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel transmitted nine whistleblowers’ disclosures to the President and Congress June 13 concerning unsafe medical care in a VA hospital in Washington, D.C. Three anesthesiologists, five nurses, and one technician, all from the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., alleged that “key Medical Center Anesthesia Section doctors engaged in gross mismanagement and […]
- MSPB Case Report Roundup for June 14, 2013
- GAP Issues Principled Statement, Recognizes Value in Legisation with Real Teeth
- DOJ: We can get evidence not available to civilians. And so, we went soft on Scott Bloch.
- The Gold Standard in Whistleblower Laws
- Why Did Congress Add an Intelligence Community Loophole to the Contractor Whistleblower Protections in NDAA Bill?
Scott Bloch’s Victims of Reprisal at OSC are Waiting 8 Years Plus to Obtain Relief in their Whistleblowing Complaints. Why?
From a letter from Debra Katz, attorney at Katz, Marshall & banks on behalf of former OSC employees and a number of government accountability groups, to the judge overseeing Scott Bloch’s criminal sentencing (page 10): Mr. Bloch’s misconduct had – and continues to have – a tremendous negative impact on a variety of different parties. First, […]
Secrecy is not an end unto itself; it’s a means toward another end (security, liberty, etc.) To accept the following statement as true, we would have to assume that the act of one person’s disclosure is synonymous with the votes of 535 legislators, 1 president, and 9 justices. “Although we may not like the decisions […]
The U.S. government revealed in 2010 that it annually spends $80 billion on surveilling its citizens (and the rest of the world) and acquiring information. However, how much does it spend disclosing information, through the Freedom of Information Act? $405 million in FY 2012, according to the Department of Justice. That’s a ratio of $200 […]
Reblogged from MSPB Watch: Not very. Yesterday, the Government Accountability Project issued what can only be interpreted as a clarification on where it stands with regards to President Obama’s signing statement on the whistleblower protections in H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Initially, GAP was of two minds on the statement (captured […]
The Newly-Passed Federal Contractor Whistleblower Protection Law Would Not Have Helped Edward Snowden
Last December, Congress passed (and the President signed) the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Contained in that bill was section 828, now codified at 41 U.S.C. 4712, which, beginning July 1, 2013, will protect disclosures made by government contractors to any member of Congress, an Inspector General, the GAO, a contract oversight employee in an […]
If you were: terminated from your federal job, were suspended for more than 14 days, and/or suffered a reduction in grade or pay, before November 13, 2012, you believe this occurred because of your whistleblowing activity, you filed [or will file] a complaint at OSC, and if OSC closed your complaint, your case is still […]
The author of that October 2012 article now has a petition before the Supreme Court that would expose the fraud that substitutes for due process at MSPB. MSPB officials must be nervous, and it shows.
On April 12, 2013, I filed two whistleblower disclosures against the Merit Systems Protection Board concerning its continuing application of an unlawfully high burden for ordering stay requests (that is, for when whistleblowers seek the MSPB’s order to stop ongoing retaliation), in violation of Congressional intent via the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. The other […]
Name Job Title Station Plan/Grade Base Award AARON, DARRYL R MISC ADMIN DC GS 14 $133,264 $2,000 ABBEY, CHARLENE E PARALEGAL DC GS 12 $97,333 $0 ABBOTT, STACY E LEGAL ASST SF GS 07 $48,985 $0 AGUILAR, JAIME R IT MGMT DC GS 13 $106,839 $0 ALBORNOZ, LAURA M ATTY DEN GS 15 $155,500 $0 ANDERSON, LUNELL C ATTY SF […]