Creation Of Whistleblower Protection Caucus Announced
Iowa’s Senator, Chuck Grassley, who is a champion of several whistleblower protection laws, announced he will create the first-ever Senate whistleblower protection caucus. The caucus will consist of a group of senators dedicated to protecting whistleblowers and ensuring that whistleblower laws are enforced. Grassley will be rallying support from Congress over the next six months, in the hopes of having a fully operating group by the beginning of Congress’ next session in January 2015.
This announcement comes 25 years after the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Act in 1989. This law was designed to protect federal employees who report fraud within the government. It extended to the federal workforce protections similar to those available in the private sector from other laws, such as another of the Senator’s key pieces of whistleblower legislation, his amendments to the False Claims Act in 1986.
This announcement comes on the heels of a report issued by Grassley on how the government agencies are doing when it comes to enforcing whistleblower protections. Based on the government’s poor showing in that report, Grassley’s plan could not come at a better time. He says that “Whistleblowers are often treated like skunks at a picnic. It takes guts to put your career on the line to expose waste and fraud, and whistleblowers need senators who will listen and advocate for them.”
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