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BLACKBALLING WHISTLEBLOWERS IS ILLEGAL, COURT RULES

Washington, DC — Federal agencies may not cancel a vacancy announcement as a means of refusing to hire a job applicant because the applicant has a history of blowing the whistle, according to a decision this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit....

PRISON WHISTLEBLOWER CHARGES OF TOXIC EXPOSURE VALIDATED

Washington, DC — The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has faulted the Federal Bureau of Prisons for failing to address exposure of both its staff and inmates to “excessive levels of toxic metals” from computer recycling enterprises. In so doing, the Special Counsel...

SPECIAL COUNSEL “RESULTS” REPORT OMITS THE RESULTS

Washington, DC — For the first time, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency that is supposed to protect whistleblowers and enforce merit rules in the federal civil service, is declining to identify the number of cases where it obtained a favorable...

GAO FAULTS SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS FOR BUSH SPECIAL COUNSEL

Washington, DC — The Government Accountability Office issued a report this week blasting the Bush-appointed U.S. Special Counsel for ignoring competitive bidding rules in handing out consultant contracts. GAO also recommended creating an independent channel whereby...