Washington Times. August 20, 2009.
White House attorneys have backed away from an effort to weaken legal
protections for FBI whistleblowers in a bill now before Congress,
according to advocacy groups in negotiations with the Obama
Officials from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),
Government Accountability Project (GAP) and Project on Government
Oversight (POGO) said this week that they were given guarantees that
protections for FBI whistleblowers - federal employees who uncover
fraud and waste - would be restored in a Senate bill when Congress
returns in September.
The shift follows a report in The Washington Times earlier this
month about the uproar among civil liberties groups and past FBI
whistleblowers about proposed changes in the bill, which critics said
would strip existing rights for FBI whistleblowers who expose fraud or