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GAP's Devine Named to 'Washington's Best Lawyers'

Dylan Blaylock, December 17, 2013

GAP is pleased to announce that Legal Director Tom Devine has been identified by Washingtonian as one of "Washington's Best Lawyers." This prestigious list is generated every two years, and this marks Devine'ssixth consecutive year on the list, having been named to both the 2009-10 and 2011-12

GAP Praises House Approval of Military Whistleblower Protection Act Makeover

Dylan Blaylock, December 13, 2013

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) today praised yesterday's House approval of section 1714 in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA FY 2014), which overhauls the discredited Military Whistleblower Protection Act (MWPA) of 1988. The reform is a consensus between House and Senate negotiators, with no Senate opposition expected when that chamber votes on the NDAA next week. 

GAP Legal Director Tom Devine commented:

Military Whistleblower Reform Long Overdue

Dylan Blaylock, November 21, 2013

This year, legislation has been drafted in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in an effort to bolster the provisions of the Military Whistleblower Protection Act of 1988 (MWPA), which provides limited and narrow protection of lawful disclosures made by those serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Senate Intelligence Committee Approves Whistleblower Rights

Dylan Blaylock, November 07, 2013

Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) praised the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) approval on Tuesday of whistleblower protection in the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2014. The Committee restored Senate-passed Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) provisions for intelligence community workers last fall, which the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) then successfully demanded removal of, threatening it otherwise would block rights for all government workers.

GAP Legal Director Tom Devine commented:

Most of Office of Special Counsel (OSC) Closed During Shutdown

Dylan Blaylock, October 04, 2013

In a recent blog post, GAP sister organization POGO (the Project on Government Oversight) raises an excellent point that's getting lost in all the media coverage of the federal government shutdown.

Grassley, Senate Pass ‘National Whistleblower Appreciation Day’

Dylan Blaylock, August 02, 2013

Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, a longtime champion of whistleblower rights, recently authored a resolution proclaiming July 30, 2013 as "National Whistleblower Appreciation Day." GAP would like to thank Sen. Grassley for this resolution – which passed the Senate – and for his persistent efforts over the past decades to honor truth-tellers across federal agencies and private industries. These whistleblowers are essential to a functional democracy.

GAP Executive Director Bea Edwards released the following statement about the resolution's passage:

Retroactive Application of the WPEA? Two Members of Congress, GAP and 97 NGOs Team Up for First Test of the New Rights

Tom Devine and Shanna Devine, March 08, 2013

A significant test case currently stands before the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) that will determine whether or not cases pending when the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) was passed will be reinforced by rights under the new law.

Thank You! Senate Passes WPEA; Bill Heads to President

Hannah Johnson, November 14, 2012

WPEApetition2Good news! In case you hadn't heard, the Senate passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) yesterday by unanimous consent! The legislation will provide millions of federal workers with the rights they need to safely report government corruption and wrongdoing.

House Unanimously Passes Whistleblower Protection Bill

Jesselyn Radack, October 01, 2012

This post originally appeared on Radack's Daily Kos blog.

Senate Committee Vote on S. 743, Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, Scheduled for Tomorrow

Shanna Devine, October 18, 2011

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2011, S. 743, is scheduled for a mark-up tomorrow by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Today, GAP and several leading groups within the Make It Safe Coalition sent a letter to Chairman Lieberman and Ranking Member Collins of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, supporting passage of S. 743, when it is considered during tomorrow's committee meeting.

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