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High-profile Marine Corps whistleblower's suit settled

Franz Gayl's seven-year Whistleblower Protection Act complaint case against the United States Marine Corps has come to an end. On top of preserving Gayl's position, the deal also appoints Gayl to a new team tasked with developing guidelines for whistleblower rights.

Tags: DoD , Marine Corps , MRAP , Franz Gayl , Whistleblower Protection Act , Government Accountability Project , workforce

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 02:50pm EDT

Do you know your whistleblower rights?

Many agencies are making well-known their Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman and employees' rights when exposing wrongdoing. But other agencies are missing the mark.

Tags: Project on Government Oversight , Michael Smallberg , Federal Drive , oversight , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:58am EDT
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Debra Roth, partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

Perhaps nowhere in the federal workforce is trust more frail than in the intelligence community. It is still reeling from the revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The Director of National Intelligence recently issued two policies to clamp down on employees' speech. The first says only a few authorized officials can talk with journalists. In this week's Legal Loop, Tom and Emily looked at the policy's impact on trust in the intelligence community as part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. Employment lawyer Debra Roth said on The Federal Drive the new policy stands out because it covers unclassified information.

Tags: Shaw, Bransford & Roth , Federal Drive , Debra Roth , Legal Loop , Intelligence community , workforce ,

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:34am EDT
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Don't treat whistleblowers like the plague

When federal whistleblowers report wrongdoing at their agencies it's usually out of a sense of loyalty to the mission. So, why is it that they are sometimes shunned, or worse, for bringing issues of waste, fraud and abuse to the surface? In a column for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project explains why he believes whistleblowers should be embraced.

Tags: Tom Devine , Government Accountability Project , workforce , Trust Redefined

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:30am 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 , sexual assaults , security clearances , insider threats

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

Whistleblower hotlines changing the way IGs respond to waste, fraud and abuse

Across the federal government, the officials who run hotline programs in agency inspector general offices say they're finding ways to cut their backlogs of incoming cases and get vital information into the hands of investigators more quickly. In part, it's because those officials are communicating with one another like never before.

Tags: Trust Redefined , inspector general , hotline , DoD , HHS , SIGAR , Patrick Gookin , George Melendez , Scott Vantrease , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:08am EDT
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New whistleblower protections take effect for federal contractors

The law, which goes into effect today, expands reprisal protections to subcontractors and lets contractor employees report wrongdoing to supervisors within their own companies. Previously, contractors would have to go to government agencies or Congress to report waste, fraud and abuse.

Tags: contractors , Congress , DoD , inspectors general , Margie Garrison , Jared Serbu , industry

Monday - 07/01/2013, 05:17am EDT
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Office of Special Counsel wants Hatch Act overhaul

The Office of the Special Counsel wants to see the law governing the political activity of federal employees updated. Carolyn Lerner, head of the OSC, told Federal News Radio the law is outdated and has led to unintended consequences. The act was created in 1939 when "typewriters were about the most advanced means of communication," Lerner said.

Tags: OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Hatch Act , workforce , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 10:03am EDT
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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 , whistleblower protection , whistleblower bill , Akaka , Darrell Issa , Susan Collins , Jack Moore

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