This article details how the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) – a bill that would have strengthened protections for federal employees – was killed by one senator’s decision to place an anonymous hold on the legislation during the last day of the 2010 congressional session. The WPEA would have helped federal whistleblowers like Robert MacLean – a former federal air marshal who blew the whistle on a cost-cutting plan to remove marshals from long-haul flights – by giving them access to regular courts. You can watch an interview with MacLean here (Note: Interview starts at 14:45).
GAP and On The Media have teamed up to identify the mystery senator who placed the secret hold. GAP’s supporters and On The Media’s listeners are contacting their respective senators’ offices to ask them if they were the party who wrongfully killed the WPEA. So far, 42 senators have confirmed that they did not place the secret hold.
We need your help to continue narrowing it down. However senators may answer, you can report your correspondence to On The Media at email@example.com, and their site will post the information.
Please help us identify the culpable senator!
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Lindsay Bigda is Communications Fellow for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower advocacy organization.