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Procter & Gamble Surrenders Data to GAP Client

June 16, 2006
Drug Data Verified as False; North American Speaking Trip Underway
 

Washington, D.C. – Under pressure from Government Accountability Project (GAP) client Dr. Audrey Blumsohn, Proctor & Gamble finally (P&G) released the full research data set for its osteoporosis drug Actonel. Blumsohn had sought these data for four years. As Blumsohn anticipated, the data fail to support P&G’s claim that Actonel is as effective as industry leaders in treating osteoporosis. 

Supreme Court Rules against Government Whistleblowers

May 30, 2006
Garcetti v. Ceballos Ruling Undermines Public Employees’ First Amendment Rights
 

Washington, DC – Today, the Supreme Court severely limited the rights of government employee whistleblowers to protect the public interest. Through its ruling in Garcetti v. Ceballos, the Court holds that government employees’ job-related speech is not protected by the first amendment, a significant departure from prior law.

Press Advisory - International Nuclear Conference Annouced

May 22, 2006
Groups Announce International Conference on Nuclear Safety and Whistleblower Protection in St. Petersburg, Russia
 

WHAT: International Conference – “Impact of the Public and Whistleblowers on Energy and Nuclear Policy”
WHEN: June 1 and 2, 2006
WHERE: St. Petersburg, Russia, Znamenka Holiday Hotel 
WHO: Russian, American and European NGO’s are sending representatives

House Appropriations Committee Orders Significant Reforms on Hanford Vitrification Plant

May 16, 2006
Orders End to Fast-Track, No Construction Until 90% Design Work Complete, 
NRC Given Oversight Role on Nuclear Safety 
 

Hanford Pipefitters Win Another Round Against Contractor

May 05, 2006

Fluor Federal Services Company Loses Again in Court as Judge Turns Away Motions to Vacate Verdict,
Judge Awards $1.4 Million in Attorney Fees 

 

Kennewick, WA – A Superior Court judge turned away an appeal by a Hanford contractor who sought to vacate the verdict in the trial of 11 Hanford pipefitter whistleblowers who were awarded nearly $5 million in damages last September by a jury. 

GAP Exposes Errors, Cover-up at Hanford

May 01, 2006
GAP Releases Proof DOE Installing Defective Equipment;
66 Other Major Vessels Questioned;
Independent Oversight Urged
 

House Rules Committee Twice Rejects ‘Up or Down’ Vote on Protections for Whistleblowers

April 27, 2006

Today, the Government Accountability Project denounces David Dreier’s (R-CA) Rules Committee for twice denying the House of Representatives the opportunity to vote on protections for national security whistleblowers. The Rules Committee rejected whistleblower rights amendments submitted by Tom Davis (R-VA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) for Wednesday’s consideration of the intelligence authorization bill. A similar amendment will not receive an up or down vote during debate today on lobbying reform.

CIA Leaks Investigation Highlights Need for Whistleblower Law Reform

April 25, 2006

Today, the Government Accountability Project proclaims that the CIA’s public efforts to crackdown on leaks of classified information demonstrate the need for Congress to approve meaningful whistleblower protections for employees who decide to disclose classified evidence of government wrongdoing, misconduct and illegality. 

GAP calls on Congressional leadership to allow up or down votes on two legislative proposals that would authorize whistleblowers with “direct and specific” evidence of classified government misconduct to disclose that information to Congress.

Federal Air Marshal Petitions OSC to Investigate Air Marshal Service

April 19, 2006

Federal air marshal and Government Accountability Project (GAP) client Frank Terreri filed a formal legal petition with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for investigation of the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) earlier today. In his 13-page appeal, Terreri alleges gross mismanagement, abuse of authority, violations of law, and a substantial threat to air safety, created by repeated disclosures of operational tactics and FAMS policies that compromise the identity of individual air marshals.

GAP Hails House Committee Vote to Extend Protections to National Security Whistleblowers

April 06, 2006
GAP Hails Historic Vote by House Government Reform Committee to Extend Protections to National Security Whistleblowers
 

Washington, D.C. – The House Government Reform Committee continued its efforts to enhance protections for government whistleblowers by approving a bipartisan proposal that, for the first time, would extend genuine protections to national security whistleblowers if enacted into law. 

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