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IGs face obstacles, delays in accessing agency records

A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.

Tags: oversight , whistleblower , OIG , inspector general , Inspector General Act of 1978 , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , FBI , EPA , Arthur Elkins , CSB , Kathy Buller , Peace Corps , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , House , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:23pm EST

Despite increased reporting of sexual assaults, DoD still struggles to tackle issue

It's been 23 years since the Tailhook scandal rocked the Navy, and the Pentagon is still struggling to eliminate sexual assaults from the military. The number of reported cases is on the rise, but is counting cases alone solving the problem?

Tags: Paula Coughlin , Protect Our Defenders , Max Maxwell , jag , DoD , Army , Navy , workforce , Federal Drive , Trust Redefined , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 09:29am EDT

Paula Coughlin, Board Member, Protect Our Defenders

The Defense Department received more than 5,000 reports of sexual abuse last year, an increase of 50 percent over 2012. Leaders say the numbers show victims have more faith that the military will take their cases seriously. Not everyone is so optimistic. In our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Paula Coughlin on Federal Drive. She blew the whistle on the Navy's Tailhook scandal in the 1990s. Today she is a board member of the victims advocacy group Protect Our Defenders.

Tags: Paula Coughlin , Protect Our Defenders , DoD , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 01:50pm EDT

Can trust be rebuilt between feds and the government?

Trust is a critical factor in the relationship between federal managers and employees. Without it, whistleblowers are retaliated against; minor Hatch Act violations receive severe punishments; and unsuitable employees are given security clearances. In our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Federal News Radio explores what a lack of trust has created in government and what it will take to restore it.

Tags: Trust Redefined , Tom Temin , workforce , Hatch Act , whistleblowers , Security clearances , insider threats

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 03:43am EDT

Military sex assault reports surge by 50 percent

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel

Friday - 05/02/2014, 11:50am EDT

Bill would strengthen whistleblower protections for military personnel

Four senators have introduced a bill to extend to members of the military the same whistleblower protections enjoyed by civilian agency employees. The bipartisan bill already has gained the support of one advocacy group -- the Government Accountability Project.

Tags: Tom Devine , whistleblower , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Mark Warner , Chuck Grassley , Susan Collins , Senate , Michael OConnell , DoD

Monday - 11/25/2013, 01:41pm EST

Air Force pulls sexual assault prevention brochure

The Air Force has pulled a brochure circulated at a South Carolina base after a lawmaker complained about some objectionable advice to sexual assault victims.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Louise Slaughter , Jessica Wright , workforce

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 02:52am EDT
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