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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.

Judge Gorsuch’s Opinion in Whistleblower Case Reveals the Dishonesty of his Alleged Strict Textualism

Jason Zuckerman, February 06, 2017

This article originally appeared on Zuckerman Law's Whistleblower Protection Law Blog, available here.

GAP Legal Director Tom Devine Testifies Before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Staff, February 03, 2017

GAP's Legal Director Tom Devine testified Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on whistleblower protection since the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

The transcript of his testimony can be found here.  

Watch the full hearing here

UPDATE: Response to UN Statement about GAP’s blog, “A Third Whistleblower Unsuccessfully Seeks Protection from Retaliation at UN/OHCHR”

Bea Edwards, February 02, 2017

The UN has objected to GAP’s account of the disclosures made by Emma Reilly at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In doing so, the UN spokesman has misrepresented:

  1. GAP’s account of the disclosure;
  2. The actions taken by OHCHR in response to the disclosure;
  3. The findings with response to the whistleblower’s appeal for relief from reprisal.

In short, the UN spokesman’s account is inaccurate, defensive and self-serving.  He did not even get GAP’s name right.

Therefore, for the record: