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GAP Helps Secure Major Victory for Employee Rights at Department of Labor

Andrew Harman, March 25, 2015

Board’s Narrow Ruling Highlights Fragility of Whistleblower Rights

Corporate whistleblowers won a major victory for employee rights on Monday in a case heard by the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board. The ruling in Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, ARB Case No. 13-034 upheld and clarified employee-friendly burdens of proof created by the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) used in every corporate whistleblower law enacted since 1989.

Snowden's Return Pending Fair Trial

Andrew Harman, March 25, 2015

An anonymously written column in the Wall Street Journal expresses exasperation that a patriotic American would want to (wait for it) live in America…

GAP Sends Petition to Department of Labor to Combat Corporate Muzzling of Whistleblowers

Andrew Harman, March 24, 2015

The Government Accountability Project and Zuckerman Law have submitted a rulemaking petition to the Department of Labor (DOL) asking it to strengthen prohibitions against companies using gag clauses in policies and agreements that undermine federal whistleblower protection laws.

Government Responses to Snowden's Disclosures

Andrew Harman, March 23, 2015

The Obama administration reportedly threatened to “cut off” Germany from its vast intelligence resources if it provided legal aide to leaker Edward Snowden.“They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,’ German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said this week,” according to the Intercept.

Friday News Roundup

Andrew Harman, March 20, 2015

UNC won on the basketball court last night, while UNC whistleblower Mary Willingham won in the court of law and the court of public opinion. The former learning specialist who was the whistleblower in the school's academic fraud case has been awarded $335,000 after “being retaliated against and demoted for drawing attention to the nearly two-decade fraud.”

Gen. Petraeus – More Equal Than Others?

Andrew Harman, March 18, 2015

While numerous whistleblowers face life-ruining felony charges for disclosing information in the public’s interest, “Mr. Petraeus stands to emerge largely unscathed despite the extraordinarily poor judgment he showed while serving in one of the nation’s most critical national security jobs.”

Aids-Free World: Open Letter to Ambassadors of All United Nations Member States

Andrew Harman, March 16, 2015

AIDS-FREE World, an international advocacy group, released a letter to the UN Member States today contrasting the UN Secretary General’s sanitized report about sexual violations by UN peacekeeping personnel with the true findings of the Expert Team’s Report, commissioned by the SG. The letter identifies for the Member States’ ambassadors the manner in which Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon reported on this sensitive topic in a way that implied that the UN was making progress.
The AIDS-Free world letter reads:

Protecting Whistleblowers to Protect Taxpayer Dollars

Andrew Harman, March 16, 2015

“Recent whistleblower actions have helped the government curb overtime abuses [to the tune of $100 million] within the Department of Homeland Security, where border agents once clocked extra hours while working as CrossFit instructors.”

Ending Whistleblower Retaliation

Andrew Harman, March 11, 2015

If we want government to run efficiently and in the public’s best interest, it’s time we demand that it stop cracking down on the people who want to ensure it runs properly by reporting waste, fraud and illegality.

Double Standards and Hacking

Andrew Harman, March 09, 2015

This is a great editorial that digs into the gross double standard of Petraeus’ plea agreement. “The whiff of a double standard is overwhelming. If anything, a leader at Petraeus' level should be held to a higher standard than lower-level officials or contractors.” – LA Times.