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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:30 PM

President Signs Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA)

President Signs Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA)

by Hannah Johnson

After 13 Year Campaign, Federal Workers Get Long-Overdue Upgrades

(Washington, DC) The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is praising President Obama's signing of S. 743, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), into law earlier today. The legislation provides millions of federal workers with the rights they need to report government corruption and wrongdoing safely. The bill reflects an unequivocal bipartisan consensus, having received the vote of every member in the 112th Congress, passing both the Senate and House of Representatives by unanimous consent over the past couple of months. The text of the bill can be read here.

GAP Legal Director Tom Devine commented:

"This reform took 13 years to pass because it can make so much difference against fraud, waste and abuse. Government managers at all levels made pleas and repeatedly blocked the bill through procedural sabotage. But once there were no more secret 'holds,' the WPEA passed unanimously, because no politician in a free society can openly oppose freedom of speech. Over the years, earlier versions of this law had been called the Taxpayer Protection Act. Nothing could set a better context for fiscal cliff negotiations than a unanimous, bipartisan consensus to protect those who risk their careers to protect the taxpayers. This victory reflects a consensus ranging from President Obama to Representative Darrell Issa. The mandate for this law is that the truth is the public's business."

Among other key reforms, federal employees now are protected (in addition to already-existing scenarios) from reprisal if they: are not the first person to disclose misconduct; disclose misconduct to coworkers or supervisors; disclose the consequences of a policy decision; or blow the whistle while carrying out their job duties.

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Devine continued, stating

"The victory reflects strong bipartisan teamwork, as well as advocacy within the party, as Republicans often had to work harder at convincing wary colleagues. And it reflects relentless pressure from conservative stakeholders like the National Taxpayers Union throughout the last 13 years. Crucial support came from President Obama, who was committed from day one of his term to signing this bill into law. Most Presidents have offered lip service for whistleblower rights, but President Obama fought to give them more teeth."

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http://www.whistleblower.org/blog/42-2012/2380-president-signs-whistleblower-protection-enhancement-act-wpea-


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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:51 PM

1. Kick! n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:36 PM

2. I don't believe for an instant the Obama administration won't continue to go after whistleblowers.

 

The law is just window dressing. Buried in it are outs that will still let the DOJ destroy the lives of anyone who exposes government wrongdoing.

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:16 PM

3. This law is going to have a significant impact.

It has been in the works for 13 years, longer. Finally, accountability is written into the law.

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:31 PM

4. Lol....Obama passes law protecting whistleblowers THEREFORE HE HATES WHISTLEBLOWERS!!

Shit..Sometimes I think there are liberals who are just as crazy as TeaBaggers.

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