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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Usually it's the inspectors general who accuse others of wrongdoing, whether it's spending too much money here, or treating people unfairly there. Rarely is the behavior of the IG's themselves questioned. So it's notable that now Commerce Department inspector general Todd Zinser is fighting for his job. A Democratic lawmaker, Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, has called on the Obama Administration to fire Zinser. She says she has 'ample' evidence of misconduct and mismanagement. In this week's Legal Loop Lynne Bernabei, partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, who often represents federal whistleblowers, spoke with Emily Kopp about Zinser's situation on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Lynne Bernabei , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , inspector general , Bernabei & Wachtel , Emily Kopp , Oversight

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:10am EDT
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three whistleblowers at the Veterans Affairs Department are the "Public Servants of the Year." The Office of Special Counsel awarded the employees, all doctors, with the distinction. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said, "because of these doctors' efforts, veterans are now far more likely to receive the treatment they deserve." Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp was at the ceremony and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss their story.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , Carolyn Lerner

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:49am EST
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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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