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Five Years After Snowden Blew the Whistle, The NSA Shutters Controversial Program

Program’s Shutdown Highlights Impact of Former Government Accountability Project Client On March 4th, The New York Times reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) had shut down a major data-collection program that had faced prolonged criticism over its expansive reach. In 2013, Edward Snowden, then an NSA contractor with [...]

March 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, National Security, Uncategorized, US Government|

State of (Un)Accountability: Trump’s Declaration of Emergency and Its Impact on Government Accountability

On February 15, President Trump declared a National State of Emergency following his failure to secure congressional approval for border wall funding. In a last-minute deal to avoid a second government shutdown, legislators agreed on February 14 to finance $1.375 billion in funding for fencing along the southern border. The [...]

February 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, US Government|

Government Accountability Project Mourns the Loss of Mickey Glazer

It is with great sadness that Government Accountability Project learned of the passing of Mickey Glazer. Dr. Glazer was a profound intellectual and author of one of the most groundbreaking books on whistleblowing ever written, The Whistleblowers: Exposing Corruption in Government and Industry. An academic, civic activist, and longtime friend [...]

February 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Government Executive: Federal Employee Appeals Board’s Doomsday Has Arrived

Read the original story here. The quasi-judicial agency that determines federal employees’ challenges to adverse actions will no longer have any Senate-confirmed board members starting Friday, leaving its capacity to operate at all in question. Mark Robbins, the loan remaining member on the Merit Systems Protection Board’s central panel, will [...]

March 4th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT FILES WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT IN FEDERAL COURT AGAINST KRAFT-HEINZ FOODS

For Immediate Release: Whistleblower Alleges Retaliation Following Chemical Mix-up in Food   SOUTH CAROLINA –  Friday, February 22, Government Accountability Project filed suit against Kraft-Heinz Foods on behalf of whistleblower, Dr. David Glover, in the U.S. District Court of South Carolina Greenwood Division. Dr. David Glover was a sanitation manager at the [...]

March 1st, 2019|Categories: Press release|

CREW On Behalf of Government Accountability Project Sues For Middle East Marshall Plan Documents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2019 Washington— Six government agencies failed to provide documents regarding efforts by Trump Administration officials, including Jared Kushner, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and businessman Thomas Barrack, to advance the so-called “Middle East Marshall Plan” to sell nuclear technology outside of the statutorily mandated [...]

February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Press release|

The Daily Beast: DOJ Is Investigating Whether U.S. Payoffs to Iraqi Officials Opened the Door for ISIS

Read the original article here The Department of Justice is investigating a military contracting company, Sallyport Global Services, to find out if it played a role in the alleged bribery of Iraqi government officials in exchange for exclusive contracts that cost American taxpayers billions. But even the Feds may not [...]

February 12th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

The Washington Post: Trump blames Senate for not approving nominees, but ignores his poor record

Read the original article here In his State of the Union address, President Trump blamed the Republican controlled Senate for foot-dragging on his political appointees. "This new era of cooperation can start with finally confirming the more than 300 highly qualified nominees who are still stuck in the Senate – some after [...]

February 8th, 2019|Categories: In The News|

Press Release: Science, Civil Rights, Public Health and Good Government Groups Rally Behind Scientific Integrity Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2019 Science, Civil Rights, Public Health and Good Government Groups Rally Behind Scientific Integrity Legislation WASHINGTON —On Wednesday, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced the Scientific Integrity Act. This bill would defend the role and independence of science in the federal government [...]

March 15th, 2019|Categories: Letter, Uncategorized|

Sunshine Week: An Annual Reminder of The Importance of Government Transparency and the Freedom of Information

In 2005, the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) launched the first annual Sunshine Week. Beginning initially as a national public awareness campaign to spark conversations about government transparency and the freedom of information, Sunshine Week has grown into a robust series of events, webinars, and panels dedicated to the [...]

March 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

From Ünker to Khashoggi, Regimes Crack Down on Journalists

Gabrielle Simeck, January 14, 2019 Last Tuesday, Turkish journalist, Pelin Ünker, was sentenced to 13 months in prison. Her crime: doing her job. In 2017, Ünker reported that Binali Yıldırım, former Prime Minister of Turkey and current speaker of the national assembly, and his sons owned five offshore companies in Malta. Ünker’s [...]

January 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Can combatting corruption be the rallying cry of the 116th Congress?

Tess Saperstein, January 09, 2019 On January 4, Democrats kicked off their House majority by introducing the first piece of legislation of the 116th Congress: “To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for [...]

Watchdog and Advocacy Coalition Report Warns of Systemic Attacks on Science

The Report Exposes Chronic Interference With Federal Science and Public Health and Safety Measures Under the Trump Administration and Makes Critical Recommendations to Congress A report released today by a coalition of prominent watchdog and advocacy groups – including Government Accountability Project – chronicles a litany of recent attacks on [...]

Watchdog and Advocacy Coalition Report Warns of Systemic Attacks on Science

Government Accountability Project Staff, November 15, 2018 The Report Exposes Chronic Interference With Federal Science and Public Health and Safety Measures Under the Trump Administration and Makes Critical Recommendations to Congress  A report released today by a coalition of prominent watchdog and advocacy groups – including Government Accountability Project – [...]

November 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

UN Must Protect WIPO Whistleblower Against Retaliation

In September 2018, the US State Department reported to the Congressional Appropriations Committees that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Specialized Agency of the United Nations (UN) System, lacks best-practice whistleblower protections. The case of whistleblower Wei Lei featured prominently in that report. Lei’s experience as a UN staff member on [...]

November 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized, United Nations|

Khashoggi Murder Proves Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Saudi Arabia

New whistleblower protection laws prove toothless  The disappearance and presumed murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a leading critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, highlights the enormous risk Saudi whistleblowers take when exercising “free” speech. As international watchdogs shine a spotlight  on Saudi Arabia’s supposed reforms in the midst of this appalling [...]

October 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Power of One: Multiplied by the Rest of Us

The Government Accountability Project began 40 years ago as an effort to change the culture of the United States surrounding the topic of whistleblowing. We saw whistleblowers as courageous heroes and patriots while the nation’s culture was mired in the notion that they were merely “finks,” “tattletales” and “snitches.” We [...]

October 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Hellish Hurricanes Part One: Just the Facts on Florence, Please

Have hurricanes like Florence, Maria, and Harvey become deadlier and more destructive because of human-caused changes in Earth’s climate system? NOAA GOES satellite From September 14-18, 2018 Hurricane Florence dumped more than 19 trillion gallons of water on the Carolinas with record-breaking rainfall that flooded most highways and [...]

Urgent Action Requested: Sign the Petition Below

We are counting on you to stand with us and sign a letter urging Congress and President Trump to update the most critical whistleblower legal rights in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. We ask for you to support the completion of the landmark, 13-year legislative effort to restore credible whistleblower [...]

September 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Trump Represses Attempts at Government Accountability in Puerto Rico

As North Carolina braces for the potentially devastating impact of Hurricane Florence, President Trump is facing a firestorm of his own in response to his appraisal of hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. On September 12, President Trump tweeted that his administration, “did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though [...]

September 14th, 2018|Categories: US Government|
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