Summary: On Tuesday (Nov 13), the postponed ceremony for the Callaway Awards will take place at Carnegie Institution Building in DC. The 2012 Joe. A. Callaway Awards for Civic Courage are presented by the Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest and will honor CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou, and NSA whistleblowers William Binney and J. Kirk Wiebe. You can learn more about the recipients, who are all GAP clients, here.
Summary: Earlier this week the attorney for Bradley Manning entered a plea notice, indicating Manning will take responsibility for some of his alleged offenses − including providing information to WikiLeaks – in exchange for the government pursuing lesser charges. Manning has also decided to have a trial by military judge instead of trial by jury. His case will be heard in February.
Summary: Retired USDA poultry inspector Phyllis McKelvey launched a petition calling on the government not to shift the responsibility of poultry inspection from federal inspectors to companies. Her petition has more than 170,000 signatures, which Phyllis aims to take to Washington DC next week.
GAP's Food Integrity Campaign profiled Phyllis in a recent blog, highlighting her concerns with the proposed changes to poultry inspection that she believes threaten public health.
Summary: The federal government has joined a whistleblower suit against Fluor Corp. that alleges the engineering company used federal funds to lobby the government for more money. Fluor manages the Hanford nuclear materials training facility.
Another Hanford whistleblower, Walt Tamosaitis, will be speaking at the upcoming American Whistleblower Tour stop at Whitman College, along with Hanford Challenge Program Coordinator Liz Mattson and Tour Director Dana Gold.
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Summary: A whistleblower from HSBC bank allegedly handed over the details of more than 4,000 bank clients who could be connected to potential tax evasion to British authorities. The bank says it is now investigating the claims, but there is not yet any official probe by the UK government.
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Summary: The Bank of New York Mellon and Virginia reached a settlement over whistleblower allegations the bank charged hidden mark-ups on currency transactions to the state’s pension fund. The whistleblower who reported the practices will receive $1.1 million.
Summary: The former chief financial officer for a Seattle biopharmaceutical company will be paid $3.94 million to settle his whistleblower suit. He alleged the company fired him after he reported on falsified timekeeping records on a National Institute of Health research grant.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization