Now is the time. Your voice is desperately needed to help restore protections for federal whistleblowers! Please sign our petition and tell your representatives to pass the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) before they adjourn from Washington to go campaigning!
Over the past two decades, federal employee whistleblower rights have fallen victim to hostile judicial activism. The current, toothless protections are the best reason for conscientious workers to turn a blind eye to all sorts of government wrongdoing – even threats to public health and safety.
The state of current protections is simply unacceptable. Under current law, a federal employee is not protected if s/he:
- is not the first person who discloses given misconduct
- makes a disclosure to a co-worker
- makes a disclosure to a supervisor
- discloses the consequences of a policy decision, or
- blows the whistle while carrying out job duties
The WPEA (S. 743, H.R. 3289) would, at a minimum, overturn these loopholes.
From now until the November election, members of Congress only have a handful of working session days before they break until after the elections. We urgently need you to write your representatives today and tell them that they must pass critical whistleblower and taxpayer protections before they leave Washington.
As you read this, bipartisan cosponsors are working to iron out the few differences between the House and Senate versions of the WPEA. GAP is pressing them to include the strongest protections possible for federal whistleblowers. But we must continue to send a clear message: To have our support, the WPEA must improve the status quo and must not roll back any rights!
Federal workers who expose waste, corruption, and abuse are safeguarding taxpayer dollars and deserve protection from retaliation. These courageous workers need to know that we have their backs – since they have ours.
Shanna Devine is Legislative Coordinator for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.