You may send letters of information and concern to the Obama-Biden offices of President and Vice President Elects:  http://change.gov

 

You also may view reader questions and take part in a ranking of importance of questions on this site, as well as submit questions of your own for the incoming administration. 

 

Below is an example letter, this one about protecting federal employees/whistleblowers.

 

Be empowered.  Stand up and take action!  -GFS

 

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January 4, 2009

 

Dear President-Elect Obama and Vice-President-Elect Biden:

 

I recently received an article titled “Obama Faces Legacy of Lawlessness at Justice” by Daphne Eviatar, The Washington Independent.  This article is a must read for anyone who has noted the increasingly evident lack of vigor in the Justice Department and the malfeasance demonstrated in meeting the missions of the various agencies and departments.  The anonymous federal government investigator who sent it to me gave me permission to pass his comments along to interested readers.  He stated:

 

G. Florence-

 

Excellent article about Lawlessness at Justice.  Many politicians have talked, and talked and talked for the past eight years about the injustices of the Bush administration.  And, dare I say almost all, have backed away from any meaningful confrontation with the Bush Administration. 

 

We all know the story and the legacy of the corruption rampant throughout Bush’s administration.  Some of us have experienced it firsthand!  For those of us that have, our lives and careers have been trampled upon.  For those of us approaching retirement age, there will be no recouping from that damage – the damage is done, and we will continue to suffer into retirement through lost jobs, lost promotions, lost opportunities, lost wages and lost retirements.  For those of us that have served under and been punished under the Bush administration – enough talk by politicians!  We need to see some justice and some action by those politicians supposedly serving the people of this great nation. 

 

How does this new administration propose to extricate the damage and toll to those public servants and people’s lives and careers that have been destroyed by the Bush administration?

 

There are many federal employees who feel the same.  I hear from some of them due to my blogs for and about whistleblowers (or those who are labeled whistleblowers for trying to ethically do the jobs they were hired to do).  You have never heard of most of these people.  And the majority you probably never will hear about.  Few whistleblower situations actually are made public in the media.  And unless you know one very well, personally, few federal employees or whistleblowers will volunteer the details of their personal nightmare, for fear of more retribution or loss of job, career and retirement.  For that reason, the majority of whistleblowers or would-be whistleblowers, though they lurk about websites that post information of interest and use to them, do not ever leave comments, even anonymously.  And due to the many challenges to any kind of privacy online and over land and wireless communications systems as a part of increased “spying” on the American Public that the past eight years has brought about, I do not blame them.   The extreme corruption, excesses and greed exhibited by members and associates of the Bush Administration are leaving our government at an all time low.  It will not be a clear field for the new administration.  Even now, just days before the change of administrations, the outgoing one seeks to hobble the incoming one. 

 

So this will be a major challenge for the new Obama-Biden administration.  There are a large number of predominantly silent people out there watching and waiting to see what will be done to establish a system which respects those who try to stand up to wrong doing, those who feel integrity is an important part of the oath they took when beginning the adventure that was to be their career federal job, those who hold their responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution and laws above all else.  Who will stand up for these courageous federal employees who serve as prosecuting attorneys, investigators, security specialists, contracting officers, and all manner of oversight of government business as well as of contracting of companies to the federal government?  How and when will full protections and rights be firmly put into place which will allow them safety and dignity as they do their jobs without fear of retribution and destruction of their careers and lives? 

 

Another career Federal Employee commented last night:  If the new administration expects would-be whistleblowers to disclose violations of law and danger to public safety and national security, it should give immediate relief to the current whistleblowers who are enduring constant subtle retaliation while at their current job, resigned under duress, or were fired.” 

 

I ask that the Obama –Biden Team take definitive action on this problem and come forth with clear policy and a plan to assure protection and assistance for those loyal federal employees who have been trying to do their jobs and have been pounded into the ground for doing so.

 

 

Sincerely,

G. Florence Scott

 

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A reader sent in this short example of a letter of concern to the incoming Obama Administration.  I post it here for general consideration. -GFS

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Dear President Elect Obama,

 

I have given security of this country considerable thought and finally have come to the conclusion that the government needs to not only reintroduce regulations for SEC but also needs to listen to and give protection to Whistleblowers.  Many of these people have given their futures to protect this country by trying to bring attention to problems in oversight at some of the largest corporations in this country.  Companies that would rather think about how much money they can earn and not what they can do for their country.  When we do not have good Federal oversight because people fear the loss of their jobs we have nothing. When reports are changed by higher authority in an agency, one cannot hope to learn the truth.   Integrity in this country has hit an all time low.  When my father had a business, “his word was his bond” and that doesn’t seem to exist anymore.  Please consider reinstating regulations that at one time kept us more secure but then were dismantled by industry in their pursuit of more money.  At first I thought it only needed to be fixed in security agencies but now realize it needs to be changed in every agency we have.  Please listen to and protect Whistleblowers and learn what has really been going on these last eight years (or longer).

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

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