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FT Special Report: The Whistleblowers

November 13, 2017

This article originally appeared on FT.

Nvèr Hasratyan knew within a few hours of joining Wells Fargo in 2013 that he had made a big mistake.

The graduate from the University of Nebraska in Omaha had arrived in the US a few years earlier from Armenia, and was thrilled to start building a career at America’s third-biggest bank by assets. But on day one in a branch in Beverly Hills he was told by a manager to pull out his phone and look for contacts who might open an account.

Mother Jones: Inside the Bold New Animal Liberation Movement: No Masks, No Regrets, All the Risk

November 07, 2017

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones.

When Julianne Perry first met the calf this summer, the animal was lying listlessly in a wooden crate on top of narrow slats, caked in her own dried diarrhea. Maggots crawled on her body. Just a few days old, she was emaciated. As she tried to get up, her knees buckled. “We could tell she was dangerously dehydrated,” Perry recalls. “We knew she probably wouldn’t survive the night.”

The Washington Post: New Law Targets Managers Who Retaliate Against Federal Whistleblowers

November 01, 2017

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Stories from federal employees bold enough to expose wrongdoing in government agencies are strikingly similar.

They are often “humiliated, marginalized, ostracized, given additional bogus assignments,” said Valerie Riviello, a whistleblower retired from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., as she described her ordeal.

The FCPA Blog: Dangerous times: Advising whistleblowers before they act

October 30, 2017

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The Government Accountability Project -- one of the oldest and best whistleblower protection and advocacy organizations -- has published Working with Whistleblowers: A Guide for Journalists. It's broader than it sounds and full of serious advice for would-be whistleblowers or those trying to help them.

NPR: Speedy Decision: Are Poultry Processors Pushing Safety Limits?

October 25, 2017

The poultry industry is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow faster work speeds at some facilities that slaughter and package chickens. The industry says a new inspection program allows them to process hundreds of birds per minute. But, worker and food safety advocates worry about higher speed in an industry with an already spotty safety record. 

The Epoch Times: Chinese Chickens Now on US Dinner Tables

October 24, 2017

China has sold rat meat billed as lamb, gutter oil billed as cooking oil and baby formula contaminated with melamine. In the U.S. its pet food killed many dogs and cats in 2007. But this spring the U.S. agreed to import cooked chickens from China. Why? Because China agreed to accept U.S. beef imports after a 13-year “mad cow” scare in which many countries refused U.S. beef.

Star Tribune: Trump White House confounds, confuses transparency advocates

October 23, 2017

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On the campaign trail, Donald Trump’s vows to “drain the swamp” and attacks on Hillary Clinton’s use of personal e-mail gave hope to those who believed he would embrace openness and outside scrutiny.

After becoming president, however, Trump has slammed shut access to White House visitor logs, scrubbed data from federal websites, zealously pursued government leakers and even toyed with ending regular news briefings.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Whistleblower Panel Featured at State Farm Ethics Lecture

September 26, 2017

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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business renewed its tradition of championing business ethics with the annual State Farm Ethics Lecture held September 20 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The event featured a whistleblower panel moderated by Dana Gold of the Government Accountability Project (GAP). She credited Nebraska with being a leading player in the arena of business ethics in higher education.

Government Executive: Agencies Begin White House-Mandated Training for Every Fed on Consequences of Leaks

September 25, 2017

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Federal employees all across government are learning a lesson this week in the form of new training: do not leak.


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