Whistleblowers Need Protection

Are you a whistleblower that needs help? Do you know of wrongdoing and want to report anonymously? Need someone to talk to about the retaliation?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Congratulations to Eleanor Bloxham, The Value Alliance on her article in Fortune Magazine that BP needed a whistleblower on the Deepwater Horizon.  I commend Eleanor for her visionary thinking and for making a special effort to make the public aware of the import of whistleblowing. 

To read the full article, please click the link below.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Senator Feinstein Supports Whistleblowers...Not Really!

Today I received the below standard email letter from Senator Diane Feinstein.  To my shock and amaze, she supports whistleblowers.  Really?  Then why is it that Robert J. MacLean is still unemployed and having to file an appeal of Administrative Law Judge, Kang's aburd decision at the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB)?

Senator Feinstein's comments about the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) are odd.  The OSC has not had an independent head at the top of the agency level, ever!  Certainly during the Bush Administration, whistleblowers received the worst retaliation.  My favorite quote from the letter I received is this:

"I believe that people who come forward to expose crime and corruption should be protected from retaliation"      

Where where you Senator Feinstein when I contacted your office for assistance when the Department of Health and Human Services was retaliating against me after I reported fraud, waste, abuse of authority, mismanagement and a specific and substantial danger to public health and safety from 2007 through 2009? 

As your constituent I am disappointed that you do nothing but give me lip service and stood by when I was fired because the grantees at the Department of Health and Human Services that were violating federal and State of California laws, were also your campaign contributors. 

Dear Evelynn Brown J.D., LL.M (my name was incorrectly spelled)... 

Thank you for writing to me to express your views about the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency charged with safeguarding the merit employment system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing.

I understand that you have concerns about the current vacancy in the Special Counsel position and the need to appoint a person of integrity who will faithfully execute the responsibilities of the office. I believe that people who come forward to expose crime and corruption should be protected from retaliation, and I appreciate receiving your input with regard to this position.

Please know that I take my role in reviewing nominations very seriously. I believe any nominee to the Office of Special Counsel should demonstrate their dedication to the mission of the agency as well as the necessary intellect and experience to do the job.

Although this nomination will first be considered by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, on which I do not serve, please be assured that I will keep your comments in mind when a nominee for this important position comes before the full Senate on the floor.

Again, thank you for writing. If you should have any other questions or comments, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.
Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Whistleblower Protection and No Fear Acts. You be the judge at the US Court of Appeals!

The following is an excerpt from the whistleblower case of Evelynn Brown Remple v. The Department of Health and Human Services, case #2010-3067, currently being reviewed at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  The quote was included in the brief filed by the Department of Justice on May 24, 2010.  

"Last month, when I presented David, Bill and Curtis the report I confidentially gave you (Karen Morison) yesterday, I warned of the potential for EBR positioning herself to claim whistleblower status...The powerful protections offered such individuals makes caution of extreme importance on the part of management, Curtis Coy himself prominently disseminates training every year on the No Fear/Whistlelbower Protectin Act and every ACF employee or manager is required to take the lonline lesson. You should know that all three managers received my written report with great concern and gave what I thought was the attention it deserved."

The email was written by Stan Chappell in August 2007, from his personal email account, stanchappell@verizon.net to David Siegel, Bill Clair and Curtis Porter, all HHS management.  Karen Morison was their supervisor.