Summary: The USDA plans to continue purchasing a controversial ammoniated beef product – known as ‘pink slime’ – for the national school lunch program. The product is created and sold by Beef Products Incorporated (BPI). This USDA move comes despite the concerns of two former agency microbiologists, as well as GAP client and former BPI employee-turned whistleblower Kit Foshee.
This news comes several months after fast-food giants McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King all announced they would no longer be purchasing the product for use in their food.
Summary: Two top Republican members of Congress – Rep. Darrell Issa (Ca.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (Iowa) – have requested that the Obama administration release a “complete assessment” of the government policy on email surveillance. This comes in the wake of theFDA's admission that it was secretly monitoring the private communications of whistleblowing employees to Congress.
Summary: One author of the recently passed "Ag Gag" bill in Iowa responds to opponents of the legislation, stating his bill "does not alter the code at all on whistleblowing" and only protects against "outside groups intent on sabotage." Last week, GAP's Food Integrity Campaign explained why the law's new penalties could still dissuade a would-be whistleblower from reporting abuse at farm facilities.
Summary: In this article, author Eyal Press argues that while intelligence whistleblowers have been under attack from the Obama administration, corporate whistleblowers have been largely ignored and their claims “brushed under the rug.”
Summary: A whistleblower who says he provided a number of important documents to the IRS to show various companies’ tax evasion has filed suit against the agency, alleging it owes him a financial reward for his whistleblowing.
Summary: The federal government has joined a whistleblower suit alleging that American Commercial College Inc. received federal student aid by falsifying records and coercing students to apply for private loans.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.