|NWC Issues Statement on Passage of Senate Whistleblower Bill|
Washington, D.C. May 9, 2012. Yesterday, the Senate passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2011 (WPEA), S. 743, by unanimous consent.
NWC Executive Director, Stephen M. Kohn issued the following statement about S. 743:
All federal employees badly need strong whistleblower protections consistent with the protections enjoyed by private sector workers. The Senate version of the WPEA contains some improvements, but falls far short of the comprehensive whistleblower law reforms promised in the 2008 political campaign.
Federal employees need to be fully protected and encouraged to report
waste, fraud and abuse. While the Senate version of the WPEA is a step
in the right direction, federal employees will still lack important
protections when they report fraud against the taxpayers if the Senate
version of the bill becomes law.
The National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) assists some of America's leading whistleblowers including FBI whistleblower Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, Army Corps of Engineer whistleblower Bunnatine "Bunny" Greenhouse and six employees at the Food and Drug Administration reporting illegal surveillance of federal employee whistleblowers. Officers of the NWC have testified at Senate and House hearings on the WPEA.