Dear MISC Members,
June 11th, TOMORROW, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee will hold a hearing on S. 372, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009.
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342
The hearing will consist of the following 5 witnesses–3 of which are whistleblower advocates
Danielle Brian, POGO
Bill Branford, Senior Executive Association
Rajesh De, Dept. of Justice
Tom Devine, GAP
Robert Vaughn, Professor at AU School of Law
Please come and support our members as they help build a written record, at the request of Senator Collins (R-ME), to demonstrate why the WPEA of 2009 must include access to jury trials and coverage of all federal employees to be a credible whistleblower law in practice. If you cannot attend in person, live coverage should be available at the following link; http://hsgac. senate.gov/ public/index. cfm?Fuseaction= Hearings. Detail&HearingID=f657db46- 9461-43ba- 99de-2ac25593c89 9 .
The Congressional Quarterly wrote the following on the upcoming hearing;
Beefed-up protections for federal whistle-blowers, a top priority for many watchdog groups, will be considered Thursday by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee. Whistle-blower advocates favor the House’s version of the bill, which specifically insulates national security whistle-blowers and mandates jury trials for cases tangled in the bureaucratic queue, over legislation introduced by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ranking member Susan Collins and Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. Rajesh De of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel will make a repeat appearance on Capitol Hill to present the viewpoint of the administration. But some outside groups privately grumble that the president has yet to make good on a campaign promise to construct the tallest of fences between federal whistle-blowers and their superiors.
Legislative Campaign Coordinator
Government Accountability Project
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