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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Watchel

Congress is waiting for President Barack Obama to sign legislation to make it easier for intelligence agency employees and contractors to blow the whistle. Some advocates say this is landmark legislation that would close a major loophole. Right now, intelligence workers have little job or legal protection when they report waste, fraud or abuse. Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Bernabei has represented federal whistleblowers. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss if the law really helps.

Tags: Lynne Bernabei , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:30am EDT
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VA nurse claims retaliation for blowing the whistle on patient practices

When a nurse manager at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Albany, New York, saw a patient being unnecessarily kept in restraints for seven hours, she couldn't remain silent. But little did Valerie Riviello know that her actions as a whistleblower would start her down on a path of retaliation from her coworkers.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Valerie Riviello , Cheri Cannon , Office of Special Counsel , Sloan Gibson , Tully Rinckey , Shefali Kapadia , Federal Drive

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:27am EDT
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Cheri Cannon (pictured), Valerie Riviello

The Veterans Affairs Department is reeling from allegations, made by its own staff, that it has mistreated patients. More employees are coming forward to report what they see as systemic wrongdoing. The Office of Special Counsel is looking at 50 cases right now, and one of them is the case of Valerie Riviello. She is a nurse at the Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tulley Rinckey is handling her case. They joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why Riviello decided to blow the whistle.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Tully Rinckey , Valerie Riviello , VA , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:31am EDT
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Thomas Drake, Former NSA executive

Former National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake touched the third rail for an intelligence community employee in 2006. He took his concerns about broad, systemic fraud, waste and abuse to the press. The Justice Department indicted him on 10 felony counts. He eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in 2012. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, Drake spoke with Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller about his decision and its consequences. <,i>Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Thomas Drake , NSA , Trust Redefined , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:16pm EDT
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Thomas Drake's decision to blow the whistle was a matter of conscience, Constitution

Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller speaks with Thomas Drake about his decision to go public with what he called waste, fraud and abuse at the NSA. Drake is one of the few federal employees to be brought up on non-spy charges under the Espionage Act.

Tags: Thomas Drake , NSA , Trust Redefined , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:03am EDT
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Whistleblower cases have gone 'through the roof,' even as OSC faces uncertain budget

The Office of Special Counsel, the agency tasked with investigating federal-agency whistleblower claims and protecting whistleblowers, themselves, from retaliation has seen demand for its work skyrocket in the wake of recent legislative changes. Now, Carolyn Lerner, the head of the OSC, said she hopes the small agency's budget will keep pace.

Tags: OSC , Carolyn Lerner , workforce , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/02/2013, 05:23pm EST
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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 Protection Enhancement Act , Mark Warner , Chuck Grassley , Susan Collins , Senate , sexual assaults , Michael OConnell , DoD

Monday - 11/25/2013, 01:41pm EST
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Gallup to pay millions to settle complaints of inflated contract prices

Polling and research firm Gallup will pay $10.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Procurement Integrity Act. The government alleged Gallup knowingly inflated contract prices.

Tags: Timothy Cannon , Michael Lindley , State Department , U.S. Mint , Justice Department , False Claims Act , Gallup , acquisition , FEMA , Ronald C. Machen Jr. , Stuart F. Delery , Cogan Schneier ,

Monday - 07/15/2013, 06:42pm EDT

Whistleblower suit leads to $12M false claims settlement by SAIC

The lawsuit, filed by Richard Priem, a 16-year SAIC employee and Army veteran, alleged the company inflated contract costs by claiming the training program would be staffed by full-time SAIC employees. However, according to the lawsuit, SAIC instead used cheaper part-time employees and pocketed the difference.

Tags: DoJ , industry , False Claims Act , SAIC , Tim McCormack , Phillips & Cohen , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Monday - 06/17/2013, 04:36pm EDT
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Global defense contractor settles overbilling suit

Global defense contractor Science Applications International Corp. has agreed to pay $11.75 million to settle a federal civil claim alleging it overbilled the government for homeland security training programs.

Tags: SAIC , Justice Department , Ken Gonzales , industry ,

Friday - 06/14/2013, 08:22am EDT
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