TSA defies Supreme Court ruling for whistleblower

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Whistleblower Robert MacLean’s impressive Supreme Court victory should have resulted in restoration of his employment at the Transportation Security Administration. Instead, the former Air Marshal has been assigned to “restricted” duties (actually none, he says) as TSA tries to orchestrate his removal.

Forced to continue his legal battle despite a favorable ruling from the nation’s top court, Robert faces legal expenses estimated at nearly $200,000. A lot is riding on the outcome.

Robert writes, “TSA needs to endlessly fight me in order to chill other potential whistleblowers to remain silent. TSA cannot have its gross waste of taxpayer dollars be exposed.”

You can directly aid Robert, a WSF client, with legal expenses by donating to his GoFundMe page, managed by a retired U.S. Army Colonel and law enforcement officer.

Consider, also, making a tax-deductible donation to the Whistleblower Support Fund, enabling us to offer emergency financial aid to deserving whistleblowers like Robert.

Top Swiss court acquits banking whistleblower Rudolf Elmer

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Switzerland’s Federal High Court today confirmed a lower court ruling, finding that Rudolf Elmer did not violate Swiss banking secrecy laws when he revealed information about offshore banking tax avoidance schemes.

Breaking bank secrecy is a criminal matter in Switzerland that carries a penalty of up to three years in jail.

[Cross-posted from Whistleblowing Today.] (more…)

Office of Special Counsel’s mission at risk, GAO reports

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An investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found serious problems at the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the federal agency responsible for investigating whistleblower disclosures and retaliation complaints.

Requested by members of Congress for the fiscal years (FY) 2011-2016, the investigation found an increase in complaints to OSC and a backlog that increased from 953 to 1,858. The backlog, GAO notes, “puts OSC’s ability to fulfill its mission of protecting federal employees at risk,” “delays attaining desired favorable actions and remedying wrongdoings,” and may discourage whistleblowers from making disclosures. [Originally published at Whistleblowing Today.] (more…)