Whistleblower Protection and Retaliation Issues at the FBI

Evelyn Brooks (Editor)

Series: Ethical Issues in the 21st Century
BISAC: LAW036000

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Whistleblowers help safeguard the federal government against waste, fraud, and abuse — however, they also risk retaliation by their employers. For example, in 2002, a former FBI agent allegedly suffered retaliation after disclosing that colleagues had stolen items from Ground Zero following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Department of Justice (DOJ) found in her favor over 10 years after she reported the retaliation. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed DOJ’s process for handling such complaints and in this book examines the time DOJ took to resolve FBI whistleblower retaliation complaints; the extent to which DOJ took steps to resolve complaints more quickly; and the extent to which DOJ complied with certain regulatory reporting requirements.

Furthermore, in the context of the Intelligence Community (IC), whistleblowers are generally employees or contractors of federal intelligence agencies who bring to light information on agency wrongdoings. The threat of retaliation may deter potential whistleblowers from disclosing information on agency wrongdoing. There is seemingly tension between the desire to eliminate this deterrence, and thus encourage whistleblowers to bring agency misconduct to light, and the need to protect government secrets which, if disclosed publicly, could be harmful to the country’s national security interests. This book concludes with a discussion on three sources of IC whistleblower protection against retaliation.

(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Whistleblower Protection: Additional Actions Needed to Improve DOJ's Handling of FBI Retaliation Complaints
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee. Hearing on ''Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI: Improving Protections and Oversight''

Testimony of Michael German, Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School and Former FBI Special Agent. Hearing on ''Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI: Improving Protections and Oversight''

Testimony of Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director, National Whistleblower Center. Hearing on ''Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI: Improving Protections and Oversight''

Testimony of J. Richard Kiper, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Hearing on ''Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI: Improving Protections and Oversight''

Statement of Kevin L. Perkins, Associate Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Hearing on ''Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI: Improving Protections and Oversight''

Statement of Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice. Hearing on ''Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI: Improving Protections and Oversight''

Department of Justice Report on Regulations Protecting FBI Whistleblowers

Intelligence Whistleblower Protections: In Brief
(Rodney M. Perry)

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