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GAP Statement on Public Release of USDA's Poultry Inspection Rule

July 31, 2014

(Washington, DC) – The Government Accountability Project's Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) expressed outrage today over the White House's decision to send the U.S. Department of Agriculture's poultry inspection rule back to the agency for public release.

FIC Director Amanda Hitt stated:

Panels on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

July 28, 2014

Highlighted Topics Include Flaws in SEC Whistleblower Program, Criminalization of Federal Whistleblowing

House Adopts Anti-Gag Amendment in Energy Spending Bill

July 11, 2014

Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) praised Representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) for her sponsorship of an anti-gag amendment that was adopted yesterday by the House of Representatives without opposition. The measure, which bans spending to silence Department of Energy (DOE) contractors who report wrongdoing, is part of the appropriations law that funds DOE – the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015.

UN Tribunal Announces Judgments in Two Key Whistleblower Cases, Defers on a Third

June 30, 2014

(Washington, DC) – On Friday, June 27, the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) in Vienna announced oral verdicts in two whistleblower cases, but delayed the release of their judgment in the appeal of Government Accountability Project (GAP) client James Wasserstrom, a former senior staff member at the U.N. Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The judges did not provide a specific date for the release of their ruling in that case, leaving Wasserstrom in judicial limbo after seven years of seeking relief from retaliation for reporting corruption.

UNAT Judgments Expected Tomorrow, WebCast Available

June 26, 2014

(Washington, DC) – This Friday, June 27, the judges of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) will announce the judgments of cases heard during the current session. These outcomes will include the final decisions in the case of Government Accountability Project (GAP) client James Wasserstrom, a former U.N. Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) employee. Also announced will be the outcomes in the cases of Caroline Hunt-Matthes, a former senior investigation officer with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Khalilur Rahman, a former U.N.

House Approves Intelligence Whistleblower Rights

June 25, 2014

Legislation to Create First Enforceable Statutory Whistleblower Rights for Intelligence Agency Employees;
Campaign to Restore Rights for Intelligence Contractors is Next

Supreme Court Protects Public Whistleblowers Providing Testimony

June 20, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the First Amendment protects public employee whistleblowers from retaliation when they make truthful statements while giving compelled testimony. This decision in the case of Lane v. Franks has positive ramifications for future whistleblowers and the U.S. legal system, which cannot function unless witnesses have the right to answer questions about corrupt activities without fear of retaliation.

UN Tribunal to Hear Final Appeals in Three Key Whistleblower Cases

June 17, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Beginning yesterday, June 16, and lasting through June 27, the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) is reviewing three important cases that could substantially impact the rights of U.N. whistleblowers. The cases to be heard include those of Caroline Hunt-Matthes, a former senior investigation officer with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Khalilur Rahman, a former U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) employee; and James Wasserstrom, a former U.N. Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) employee.

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