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UN/WIPO: Trump Administration Must Protect UN Whistleblower on North Korea

Bea Edwards, December 15, 2017

At the Government Accountability Project (GAP), we understand that the US government has been withholding 100 percent of its contributions to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since April 2016 because the organization has failed to protect whistleblowers, including Miranda Brown who reported WIPO's shipments of US IT equipment to North Korea and Iran. The shipments circumvented US and other nations’ sanctions, but slipped through a WIPO loophole that officially left the authorization of such shipments to the discretion of the Director General, Francis Gurry. 

SOX Corporate Whistleblower Rights Go International

John Whitty and Tom Devine, December 04, 2017

An August 28, 2017 ruling by the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) is a little-noticed landmark decision that internationally expands corporate whistleblower rights under the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002. In Blanchard v. Exelis Systems Corporation, ARB No. 15-031 (Aug. 29, 2017), the Board held that Section 806 SOX whistleblower protections apply extraterritorially where misconduct “affect[s] in some significant way the United States.”

GAP Questions UN High Commissioner for Human Rights About Revealing Names of Chinese Dissidents

Bea Edwards, November 13, 2017

Last week, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) transmitted a letter to Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on behalf of GAP client Emma Reilly. 

Assault on the Environment: Scrapping the Clean Power Plan Symbolizes a Rejection of Law, Science, and Concern for People and the Economy

Adam Arnold, November 07, 2017

Bad policy decisions are creating a perfect storm for government whistleblowers

 

President Trump is going to save the coal industry. Or so he claims.

Catalonia Latest Target in Russian Active Measures Campaign

Luke Drabyn, October 26, 2017

Spain recently declared it would take emergency measures to rein in Catalonia’s rogue effort to extricate itself from Madrid and take steps toward independence.

If 10,000 Barrels of Oil Spill into the Ocean, Does it Make a Sound?

Adam Arnold, October 26, 2017

Earlier this month, upwards of 16,000 barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, less than 40 miles offshore of Louisiana. It should be a surprise that such a spill received little major news coverage, except that spills and leaks of oil and gas occur all the time and are usually not reported on until they directly impact human health or property – that is, until they are big enough to be noticed.

GAP Files FOIA Lawsuit Against US State Department

Zack Kopplin, October 24, 2017

On Friday, October 20, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State. The Department has withheld records related to its au pair guest worker program, in some cases, for over a year.

Charter Set to Expire for Interagency Subcommittee Overseeing Federal Climate Research

Nicky Sundt, October 20, 2017

The charter of the subcommittee that oversees the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is set to expire tomorrow, October 21, 2017. This speaks volumes about the Trump Administration’s attitudes toward science generally – and toward climate change science specifically.

GAP Joins Amicus Party Opposing Partisan Gerrymandering in Gill v. Whitford

Staff, October 06, 2017

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) has joined on as an amicus party opposing egregious partisan gerrymandering by Wisconsin lawmakers, as part of the case Gill v. Whitford, one of the most important Supreme Court cases of the year.

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