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President Trump Demands Whistleblower Protections in UN Speech

Bea Edwards, September 19, 2017

On September 18, President Trump explicitly demanded that the United Nations adopt and enforce effective whistleblower protections as part of a reform package at the Organization. On September 19, he implicitly reiterated this demand. He specifically asserted that the US will exact from the United Nations a commitment to the outcomes of UN programs, and argued that the United States is not interested in bureaucratic foot-dragging and process.

ICE Refuses To Release Basic Agency Documents

Zack Kopplin, September 12, 2017

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) struck a new blow against transparency by refusing to release blank copies of forms their agents use to record the detention and deportation of non-citizens.

ICE denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Government Accountability Project (GAP) for copies of 14 commonly used immigration enforcement documents, saying the information GAP requested was “not under the purview of ICE.”

FIC to Agriculture Secretary Perdue: Slow Down Poultry Line Speeds!

Louis Clark, September 12, 2017

The Honorable Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250

Dear Secretary Perdue,

Merit Systems Protection Board Grants Stay for Environmental Whistleblower

John Whitty, August 22, 2017

Chalk up a small victory for a whistleblower who spoke up about environmental protection breaches at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)—and was fired for doing the right thing. On August 2, 2017, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) granted a stay to GAP client Jeffrey Missal, putting him back to work while the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) completes its investigation.

Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Guide Released on 15th Anniversary of SOX

Tom Devine, August 21, 2017

Fifteen years ago, GAP successfully persuaded Congress to include a whistleblower protection provision in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The purpose of Section 806 of SOX is to combat a “corporate code of silence,” which “discourage[s] employees from reporting fraudulent behavior.” Congress sought to empower whistleblowers to serve as an effective early warning system and help prevent corporate scandals.

WIPO Draft Whistleblower Protection Policy Falls Short of International Standards

Bea Edwards, August 18, 2017

This summer, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry, is circulating the draft of a new whistleblower protection policy for the consideration of WIPO Member States.

Notes from Underground: Pipeline Wars – Back where we started, only worse

Adam Arnold, August 16, 2017

The fossil fuel cancer comes out of its brief remission

After a moment of optimism, during which it seemed the United States might finally begin planning for a future free of fossil fuel dependence, pipelines are back.

Since the November election, the pendulum of public benefit versus private gain has swung sharply in the wrong direction, and pipeline companies are riding the wave. After months of slow progress during the closing months of the Obama Administration, it became evident following the Trump victory that the fossil fuel empire was striking back.

Federal Climate Science Special Report Leaked: Clearance Process Raises Concerns Over Upcoming Climate Assessment Report

Nicky Sundt, August 15, 2017

A final draft of a key federal report on the science behind climate change has been leaked to the New York Times and made public. The “Climate Science Special Report” (CSSR), produced by the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), is a cornerstone of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), a periodic study of climate change impacts across US regions.

Red-Team v. Blue-Team: A Black and White Attack on Climate Science and Scientists

Anne Polansky and Nicky Sundt, August 09, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and others are calling for a red-team/blue-team (RT/BT) exercise to resolve differences of opinion regarding the science of global climate change. The approach is meant to resolve conflict through a structured debate. It is typically employed by military analysts and business strategists to improve decision-making and reach agreement on contested issues.

WIPO'S Gurry Refers To US Congress as a "Kangaroo Court:" Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Continues Unchecked

Bea Edwards, August 08, 2017

Francis Gurry, the embattled Director General of the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), publicly denounced the US Congress as a ‘kangaroo court’ because it has been scrutinizing his dubious dealings with the North Korean government and his treatment of WIPO whistleblowers.