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Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

A stack of bills that affects federal employees is under consideration in Congress. One would create new protections for military whistleblowers, and another would expedite the firing process at the Department of Veterans Affairs even more. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she analyzed how the bills could affect federal employees in the future.

Tags: Janet Kopenhaver , Federally Employed Women , Veterans Affairs Department , In Depth

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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Bills you should know about: Whistleblowers, bad apples and trolls

Congress has introduced lots of bills recently affecting federal agencies and employees. We summarize them for you here.

Tags: Congress , military , Veterans Affairs , Commerce Department , patent , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 11:19am EDT

Calls grow for the ouster of Commerce IG Todd Zinser

Three whistleblower groups have joined Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) in calling for the removal of the Commerce Department's top watchdog over alleged misconduct.

Tags: Todd Zinser , Eddie Bernice Johnson , inspector general , misconduct , Commerce Department , Jory Heckman , Government Accountability Project , National Whistleblowers Center , POGO ,

Friday - 04/10/2015, 11:39am EDT

Committee sends bills on porn, FOIA, discrimination to full House

The House Oversight Committee says yes to bills banning porn at federal agencies and making it easier for the public to request and receive government records.

Tags: House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , Mark Meadows , elijah cummings , pornography , FOIA , House , Darrell Issa , employment discrimination , discrimination , legislation , Emily Kopp , Congress

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:50am EDT

David Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Taking 10 years to settle a whistleblower complaint could get a company in trouble with the Justice Department. But what if it's a Justice Department agency that takes so long? The Justice Department needs to improve how it handles whistleblower retaliation complaints from the FBI. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Tags: David Maurer , GAO , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , FBI , Justice Department ,

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:23am EST
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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 , OIG , inspector general , Inspector General Act of 1978 , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , FBI , EPA , Arthur Elkins , CSB , Kathy Buller , Peace Corps , sexual assaults , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , House , Michael OConnell

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

Fighting for whistleblower rights, OSC gains higher profile

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs can mean risking everything from losing a job to losing the respect of co-workers. But in fighting whistleblower retaliation today, the Office of Special Counsel hopes future whistleblowers will come forward without fear of punishment.

Tags: Eric Bachman , OSC , Oversight , Veterans Affairs , Jory Heckman , mangement , workforce

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:24pm EST
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Contracting whistleblowers may get new channel to report wrongdoings

The Office of Special Counsel has proposed a rule change that would allow federal contractors and grantees a new channel to report wrongdoings at federal agencies.

Tags: OSC , Industry , contracting , waste fraud abuse , Oversight , Federal Register , Michael OConnell

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:25pm EST

Supreme Court decision helps clarify whistleblower protections

The Supreme Court upheld an appeals court's decision that Robert MacLean is eligible for whistleblower protection. The TSA fired the former air marshal for leaking information to the media.

Tags: Supreme Court , Robert MacLean , John Roberts , Tom Devine , TSA , DHS , Matthew Tully , Tully Rinckey , Oversight , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:17pm EST
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