Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL) has introduced legislation to designed to offer VA whistleblowers protection from reprisals and real accountability for those who reprise against them.
In this follow-on article, the author addresses comments from readers and identifies actions that federal employees can take and have taken to change policy and bring about needed improvements.
Federal employee whistleblowing activity has reached screeching levels, with the government’s watchdog agency, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), seeing a surge of new disclosures of wrongdoing in fiscal year 2012.
An executive order on controlling the “Insider threat to national security” was not well received by FedSmith.com users as most thought the order would not improve national security.
The author says that most public service employees are proud of their service and want to do a good job, but they sometimes encounter other employees in their organization who do not share the same level of commitment. He offers some analysis of dealing with this challenge.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has introduced legislation designed to strengthen provisions of the Whistleblower Protection Act for federal employees who expose abuse, mismanagement, or criminal activity in federal agencies and programs.
How much leeway does a federal employee have in publicly disagreeing with agency policy decisions? An agency has the right to expect loyal, professional service from its employees even though a whistleblower is protected.
Anne Whiteman has been recognized by the Office of Special Counsel for reporting safety problems in the control of aircraft at the Dallas/Ft. Worth air traffic facility and the agency’s failure to report safety problems.