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Prominent Whistleblowers Unite for WPEA in Letter to Obama, Congress

Shanna Devine, June 29, 2011

With Independence Day approaching, nearly 40 federal whistleblowers sent a powerful message to elected officials today: Honor our nation by protecting the modern day Paul Reveres through passage of the re-introduced Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA).

And the "Secret Hold" Culprit is ... House Republican Leadership?!

Dylan Blaylock, April 04, 2011

This past weekend, GAP and the NPR show On The Media (OTM) announced an end to their "Blow the Whistle" campaign, which sought to identify which U.S. Senator placed a 'secret hold' during the final hours of the last session of Congress, killing the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). The crowd-sourcing effort, which relied on citizens to contact their respective senators and report back findings, led GAP and OTM to eliminate all but two senators during the three month campaign.

'Secret Hold' Campaign Results Coming This Weekend on On The Media

Lindsay Bigda, April 01, 2011

This weekend, GAP and On The Media will conclude ourcampaign to identify the senator who placed the anonymous hol

Update!: Senator Risch Ruled Out, Only Senators Sessions & Kyl Remain as ‘Secret Hold’ Suspects

Dylan Blaylock, April 01, 2011

Senator James Risch’s (R-ID) office has confirmed that he had no policy objections to S. 372 last Congress. The Senator’s office held firm to its policy that “it dos not comment on secret holds”; however, through deductive reasoning, he does not fit the bill, so to speak. In turn, GAP has removed Senator Risch from the tapering list of prospective senators that placed the hold on S. 372.

Did Sen. Kyl Indirectly Admit to Blocking Whistleblower Protections?

Sarah Damian, March 07, 2011

Dear Arizonans:

First off, thank you. You've already responded to GAP and the NPR show On The Media's campaign to identify the senator who put the "secret hold" on the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). We've seen results (because of you!) in eliminating Sen. John McCain as a suspect.

But one of your senators, Jon Kyl, is one of only three senators left who has not confirmed or denied placing the hold.

Jeff Sessions Doesn’t Think Alabamans Have a Right to Know His Views?

Lindsay Bigda, March 04, 2011

Dear Alabaman Supporters of Whistleblowers: 

First off, thank you. You've already responded to GAP and the NPR show On The Media's campaign to identify the senator who put the "secret hold" on the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). We know that you understand why this is important, and we've seen results in eliminating Sen. Richard Shelby as a suspect. 

But one of your senators, Jeff Sessions, is one of only three senators left who has not confirmed or denied placing the hold.

Attention Idahoans! Does Sen. James Risch Believe He Should Keep Transparency Issues From You?

Dylan Blaylock, March 03, 2011

Dear Idahoan Supporters of Whistleblowers: 

First off, thank you for your actions. You already know that GAP is teaming up with the NPR show On The Media to identify the Senator who put the "secret hold" on the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). We know that you understand why this is important (we've seen your actions and results in contacting Sen. Risch and Sen. Crapo). And you know that one of them -- James Risch -- is one of only three senators left who has not confirmed or denied placing the hold. 

Calling All Louisianans: Is Senator Vitter Operating Secretly? Ask him!

Shanna Devine, March 02, 2011

*3/4/11 UPDATE: Senator Vitter's office confirmed that he did not place the hold.

Dear Louisianans:

You already know that GAP is teaming up with the NPR show On The Media to identify the Senator who put the "secret hold" on the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) -- a bill that would have provided federal employees with real protections when they expose fraud, corruption, waste, or other wrongdoing.

Only Five Senators Remain - Demand Accountability!

Lindsay Bigda, February 23, 2011

*3/8/11 UPDATE: Senator McConnell's office has confirmed that he did not place the secret hold. Three senators left!

*3/4/11 UPDATE: Senator Vitter's office confirmed that he did not place the hold.

Dear GAP Supporters:

The "Secret Five": Either Jon Kyl, Mitch McConnell, James Risch, Jeff Sessions, or David Vitter Secretly Killed the Whistleblower Bill

Dylan Blaylock, February 22, 2011

On the final day of the previous session of Congress, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), S. 372, which would have strengthened rights for federal employees who report corruption, was killed by a lone senator's decision to place an anonymous "secret hold" on the bill.

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