On March 4, 2015 the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the lack of whistleblower protections for FBI employees.
A focus of the hearing was a February 2015 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that whistleblower protections at the FBI are weaker than at any other agency. The GAO Report found that the Department of Justice’s FBI whistleblower process leaves some FBI whistleblowers without protection from retaliation, which creates a chilling effect. The GAO report also found that some FBI Whistleblower cases can take up to or over 10 years to complete. The report detailed the case of former SSA Jane Turner.
Ms. Turner’s case and how it highlights the problems with the FBI Whistleblower Program was featured in a March 3, Washington Post article:
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