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GAP Requests Accountability at UN/WIPO

Bea Edwards, April 17, 2017

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations headquartered in Geneva, poses increasing difficulties for the United States and for whistleblowers. The real problems became public in 2014, when the US-nominated Deputy Director General, James Pooley, submitted a Report of Misconduct to WIPO’s Internal Audit and Oversight Division.

GAP and the March for Science: Protecting Science and Truth

Zack Kopplin, April 17, 2017

Science, free from political influence, should be a non-negotiable priority of our government. Evidence-based, publicly transparent science protects the public and the environment from present harm and is essential to securing the future of our country and planet. But in the past several months, government scientists have faced increasingly restrictive conditions.

UN Staff Survey Shows Shortcomings in Oversight Office

Bea Edwards, April 07, 2017

According to the Global Staff Satisfaction Survey results recently released at the United Nations, the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has a leadership problem. OIOS is the Office responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct, as well as retaliation complaints submitted by United Nations (UN) whistleblowers. Because UN managers enjoy legal immunity with respect to the legal systems of the Member States where the Organization operates, OIOS is the only investigative body many wrongdoers inside the United Nations will ever confront.

Misleading Results From the United Nations Staff Satisfaction Survey

Bea Edwards, April 04, 2017

In February, approximately 4,000 United Nations staff members completed the Global Staff Satisfaction Survey (click here for the survey results), and the tabulated results were released internally in March.

The United Nations Needs a Special Adviser on Whistleblowing

Bea Edwards, March 15, 2017

On February 24, 2017, United Nations whistleblower Miranda Brown wrote to the Secretary General Antonio Guterres and proposed that he name a Special Adviser on whistleblowing. The Government Accountability Project (GAP), which has represented her for two years, also wrote to support the proposal and to promote her candidacy to fill the post. Neither she nor GAP has received a response.  

Maryland Legal Information Website Adds Whistleblower Info

John Whitty, February 23, 2017

The People’s Law Library (PLL) of Maryland, which just celebrated its twentieth anniversary, is a legal information website designed primarily for self-represented citizens of Maryland. Starting out in the 1990s as a University of Maryland law school clinical project, it has operated under the auspices of the Maryland State Law Library for almost a decade. It is widely used, with 2.1 million page views in the last year alone.

Grassley to Trump: Whistleblowers Are Key to ‘Draining the Swamp’

Staff, February 09, 2017
In Letter to President, Grassley Seeks Ceremony Honoring Whistleblowers
 

Trouble at UN OHCHR: Investigate the High Commissioner

Bea Edwards, February 09, 2017

Under Ban Ki-Moon, the past Secretary General, United Nations management did not react well to the deteriorating credibility of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Trouble in that corner has now been brewing for some years, but it must be immediately addressed if the Office is to maintain any legitimacy at all. Antonio Guterres, the new Secretary General, sho

Fly-by-Night FAA Aviation Safety Given a Second Wind by Whistleblower Reprisal

Martin Edwin Andersen, February 07, 2017

The case of aviation safety and consumer protection champion Kim Farrington suggests that, for federal workers, there is no statute of limitations on having done the right thing ahead of the bureaucratic norm—even on issues involving life and death.

An allegory on how whistleblower "cold cases" can have a chilling effect for those seeking to tell truth to power, the story of the former Aviation Safety Inspector (Cabin Safety) is a parable on how, after eight years of the Obama Administration, the advanced guard of modern Paul Reveres still risks becoming the lost patrol.

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