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With $104M whistleblower payout, IRS hoping money talks

Providing awards to whistleblowers is key to bringing would-be informants forward. And a record $104 million after taxes payout to former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld serves as a billboard to whistleblowers that the IRS is willing to pay out for information that helps catch tax cheaters.

Tags: IRS , Stephen Kohn , Bradley Birkenfeld , tax evasion , fraud, waste and abuse

Monday - 09/24/2012, 02:30pm EDT
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House votes to expand whistleblower protections

The House voted Friday to significantly expand protections for federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuse and make it easier to punish supervisors who try to retaliate against the whistleblowers.

Tags: House , Congress , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Darrell Issa , workforce

Friday - 09/28/2012, 02:25pm EDT

DoJ IG ombudsman to guarantee whistleblower rights

Long-time federal prosecutor Robert Storch is the first whistleblower ombudsman at the Justice Department. In this newly-created position, Storch is charged with making sure whistleblower complaints coming into the Office of the Inspector General are reviewed in a timely and proper manner.

Tags: Robert Storch , inspector general , DoJ , ombudsman , oversight , POGO , Federal Drive

Friday - 08/10/2012, 11:01am EDT
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Reasons unclear for drop in whistleblower disclosures

The Office of Special Counsel's annual report to Congress found the number of employees bringing cases of potential wrongdoing declined for the first time in five years.

Tags: management , Federal Drive , OSC , John Mahoney , Retaliation , Tully Rinckey , Ann OHanlon , Taeja Smith

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 06:08am EDT

OSC warns agencies of email monitoring restrictions

The Office of Special Counsel is reminding agencies not to target email monitoring of employees that could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers who report waste, fraud and abuse.

Tags: OSC , OMB , email monitoring , FDA , technology , Federal Drive

Monday - 06/25/2012, 09:52am EDT
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Senators frustrated by FAA nominee's lack of specifics about delayed safety provisions

Acting administrator Michael Huerta had few answers for members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee concerning the FAA's lack of progress on pilot training and safety regulations. Huerta said the final directive is expected to be out by October 2013. He also said the NextGen system is making progress and establishing important baselines.

Tags: management , FAA , Michael Huerta , Keith BieryGolick , Jared Serbu , Congress , NextGen , Air Transportation System , John Rockefeller , Frank Lautenberg , Senate Commerce , Science and Transportation Commi , OSC

Monday - 06/25/2012, 05:48am EDT
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Grassley criticizes IRS for dragging feet on whistleblower cases

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) talked to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about his objections to how the Internal Revenue Service handles whistleblower complaints.

Tags: Chuck Grassley , Senate , Congress , IRS , Federal Drive ,

Friday - 05/11/2012, 12:56pm EDT
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Lerner: FAA failed to respond promptly to whistleblowers' concerns

Earlier this week, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner notified the president and Congress that the Department of Transportation had not acted promptly or sufficiently to complaints made by FAA whistleblowers.

Tags: FAA , Transportation Department , Carolyn Lerner , OSC , Federal Drive ,

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 12:01pm EDT
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Special counsel letter details air safety concerns

Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday, calling attention to reports of safety lapses at some U.S. commercial aviation facilities. She also criticized the Federal Aviation Administration for delays in responding to whistleblower disclosures.

Tags: Carolyn Lerner , Office of Special Counsel , FAA , DoT , Federal Drive , Ray Lahood , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 09:48am EDT
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