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Senate expands whistleblower protections for feds

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday expanding protections for federal whistleblowers. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, authored and introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on the federal workforce, updates a 1989 law protecting government whistleblowers.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , management , whistleblowers , whistleblower bill , Akaka , Darrell Issa , Susan Collins , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:24pm EDT

The silver lining in the GSA scandal

Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.

Tags: management , GSA , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , oversight , Jason Miller , Shakeup at GSA

Friday - 04/20/2012, 05:47am EDT
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OSC protection sought for VA whistleblower

The American Federation of Government Employees has asked the Office of Special Counsel to investigate the case of a VA doctor who believes she was unfairly targeted by superiors due to her critical Senate testimony.

Tags: OSC , AFGE , Veterans Affairs , Michelle Washington

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 08:34pm EDT

Grassley, Issa call for review of federal policies for using personal email

In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeff Zients, the two lawmakers say the Food and Drug Administration lawsuit raises broader questions about how other agencies monitor employee use of personal email. The House and Senate members want OMB to conduct a governmentwide analysis of these policies.

Tags: technology , Charles Grassley , Darrell Issa , Jeff Zients , OMB , FDA , privacy , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 02:34pm EST

Senate committee passes bills on improper payments, whistleblower protections

The new bill, passed in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, would require more consistent reporting of improper payments by federal agencies.

Tags: budget , Congress , Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2011 , Tom Carper , Senate , Joe Lieberman , employee rotations , workforce , SES , management

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 02:45pm EDT

SBA assures senator it's fixing management problems

The agency responds to Sen. Olympia Snowe's letter with the specific steps it's taking to improve human resources issues. The Maine Republican wrote to SBA after Federal News Radio's investigation into alleged whistleblower retaliation, human resources fraud and contracting fraud.

Tags: management , Olympia Snowe , Karen Mills , SBA , Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committ , Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/29/2011, 08:07am EDT
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