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GAP publishes books, articles, reports, white papers and resource guides about whistleblowing. We also write op-eds, are frequently quoted by the press, and maintain a regular blog.

Toolkits & Guides

Speaking Up for Science: A Guide to Whistleblowing for Federal Employees

Escalating censorship and aggressive efforts to silence federal scientists at federal agencies threatens Congress’s ability to engage in oversight, hampers citizens’ right to know about threats to public health, safety and the environment, and undermines policy-making that depends on science and evidence-based data. These efforts also create a chilling effect on the many federal employees committed exercising scientific and professional integrity in fulfilling their agencies’ mandates. However, federal employees have rights to report concerns about serious wrongdoing—gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, substantial and specific dangers to public health or safety, and scientific censorship that would result in any of these forms of misconduct—free from reprisal. GAP’s Federal Employee’s Guide to Whistleblowing seeks to empower and protect federal employees of conscience, particularly those working in science-based agencies, by offering guidance about the legal rights of employees to blow the whistle and offers practical advice for making disclosures about wrongdoing in the safest and most effective ways possible. 

Working with Whistleblowers: A Guide for Journalists

The power of whistleblowers to hold institutions and leaders accountable often depends on the critical work of journalists, who verify whistleblowers’ disclosures and then bring them to the public. The partnership between whistleblowers and journalists is essential to a functioning democracy.  This guide seeks to empower and protect journalists and their whistleblower sources by sharing critical information to them both—from the gaps to the common ground in their goals, responsibilities and challenges.

Working with Whistleblowers: A Guide for Public Interest Organizations

Whistleblowers—employees who discover and expose serious wrongdoing—are vital for public interest organizations fighting to advance social, economic and environmental justice. Information provided by whistleblowers, when used effectively, has tremendous power to hold institutions and leaders accountable.This guide is a tool for organizations working with, or considering working with, whistleblowers. It offers practical guidance on how to protect and support employees who want to address malfeasance while ensuring they are not inadvertently exposed to retaliation.


The Art of Anonymous Activism

This guide was published by the Government Accountability Project, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and the Project On Government Oversight as a how-to manual for public employees considering blowing the whistle on waste, fraud, or abuse.

The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth. (Berrett-Koehler 2011)

Tom Devine and Tarek F. Maassarani

This step-by-step guide details key information that potential business whistleblowers should know before, during, and after blowing the whistle. GAP Legal Director Tom Devine and former GAP investigator Tarek F. Maassarani, co-authors of the book, summarize a decade-long under-the-radar legal revolution in corporate worker free speech rights.

The Rise of the American Corporate Security State: Six Reasons to Be Afraid. (Berrett-Koehler 2014)

Beatrice Edwards

GAP’s International Director Beatrice Edwards illustrates how Americans now live in a security state where the government values corporate rights over its citizens. Edwards draws upon years of experience to author this call-to-action for anyone willing to fight the erosion of our civil liberties.

Program Reports & Publications


"Sunshine Week 2018: How Public Information Officers Limit Media Access"

National Press Club, Washington, DC, March 27, 2018

In honor of Sunshine Week, the National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee hosted an evening panel discussion on March 14, 2018 to examine how the Trump administration uses public information officers to limit and shape reporters' access to government information.

“Whistleblower Protection and the Truth: Linked Intimately”

TEDx Wilmington Salon: Whistleblowers and the First Amendment, July 30, 2016

Featuring GAP Legal Director Tom Devine, who has assisted thousands of whistleblowers since 1979 in defending themselves against retaliation and in making real differences on behalf of the public. In 2015 he won the first U.S. Supreme Court test of the Whistleblower Protection Act.

“The Power of Individual Conscience: Strategically Multiplied”

TEDx Wilmington Salon: Whistleblowers and the First Amendment, July 30, 2016

Featuring GAP Founder and Executive Director and President Louis Clark. 

“Models of Courageous Citizenship: The American Whistleblower Tour.”

Government Accountability Project, Syracuse University, April 23, 2014.

Featuring GAP President Louis Clark, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, Department of Education whistleblower Jon Oberg, GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack, Countrywide Financial whistleblower Michael Winston, "Plan B" whistleblower Susan Wood.

“The Ethics of Whistle Blowing.”

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, PBS, February 14, 2014.

Featuring whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack and GAP’s Founder and Executive Director Louis Clark.

“Anyone Can Whistle: The Essential Role of the Whistleblower in American Society.”

Participant Media and the Government Accountability Project, Paley Center for Media, February 17, 2010.

Hosted by Juan Williams (then of NPR) and whistleblowers Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), Kit Foshee (meat safety), Mike German (FBI), Cathy Harris (U.S. Customs/racial profiling), Babak Pasdar (telecom/surveillance), Coleen Rowley (FBI), and Frank Serpico (NYPD).