Rep. Meadows Offering Federal Employees a 'Tip Line' to Report Anonymous Grievances

By on April 27, 2015 in Current Events with 48 Comments

Do you have a complaint or concern about your agency workplace? You can now vent your frustrations anonymously using a new tip line set up by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC).

Federal workers can send emails to TellMark@mail.house.gov to express their concerns about workplace operations and conditions. According to a statement from Meadows, all communications will remain anonymous and will be used solely for background on investigations.

The Congressman is launching the service following a hearing on “The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government.” Meadows said that many agencies have problems that are driving away quality federal workers and creating negative working environments, and he is hoping the tip line can improve some of these problems. The hearing footage is included in the video above.

Meadows has been vocal about other workplace related problems he’s seen in federal agencies. He recently introduced legislation to ban federal employees from watching porn at work. While he admitted it doesn’t seem that such legislation should be necessary, Meadows noted that one employee with the EPA had been watching it for as much as 6 hours a day but had not been fired for the offense.

These are the kinds of problems Meadows said he wants the tip line to help change.

“I want to provide an opportunity for whistleblowers within federal agencies to make their concerns known without fear of repercussions,” said Meadows. “The vast majority of federal employees are honest, hard-working people who want to be good stewards of American taxpayers’ dollars, but there is great frustration when bad actors are not punished and ongoing issues are never addressed. I hope this tip line will provide a voice for those who wish to see improvement within federal agencies.”

For those of you who are current federal employees – what is your opinion of this new tip line? Do you see problems such as Meadows is describing at your agency, and if so, do you think this tip line will help make improvements? Would you be comfortable using this tip line to report problems without fear of repercussion? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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