Sunday, February 18, 2007
Clarifying Congressional Intent for Whistle Blowing
This week, advocates for whistle-blowers urged Congress to strengthen protections for federal employees who suffer reprisal in the workplace, according to the Washington Post. The advocates were greeted with bipartisan support at a hearing held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The Washington Post quoted Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), the committee chairman: “Federal employees are on the inside. They see when taxpayer dollars are wasted. They are often the first to see the signals of corrupt or incompetent management. Yet without adequate protection, they cannot step forward to blow the whistle.”
Waxman said the committee’s bill would for the first time extend whistle-blower rights to those who work at the FBI and in intelligence agencies, and to people employed by federal contractors. The bill would also extend protection to passenger and baggage screeners at the Transportation Security Administration and to federal scientists who report political interference with their work, he said.
The Washington Post also said that Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), the ranking minority member on the committee, said the bill would clarify congressional intent as to what type of whistle-blowing is protected.
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