Shanna Devine to head whistleblower ombudsman office

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi has appointed Shanna Devine the first Director of a new office in the House of Representatives,  the Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman.

The House Office of Whistleblower Ombudsman will provide best practices and trainings for offices of the House on whistleblower intake, which include establishing an effective reporting system for whistleblowers, maintaining whistleblower confidentiality, advising staff of relevant laws and policies and protecting information provided by whistleblowers.  – Speaker of the House February 14, 2020 Press Release

Ms. Devine is well-known to many whistleblowers and organizations that work with whistleblowers, including the Whistleblower Support Fund, through her previous work at the Government Accountability Project and Public Citizen.

Throughout her career, Devine has worked with Congress to strengthen whistleblower protections and communications.  She has led campaigns for passage of landmark whistleblower laws, including Congress’s unanimous passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012.  She has extensive experience conducting trainings on best practices for working with whistleblowers, and in 2015 and 2016 she played a strategic role in the establishment of the bipartisan Congressional Whistleblower Protection Caucuses.  Since 2008, Devine has worked with whistleblowers to unearth abuses within the public and private sector, and to safely channel their disclosures to Congress.

The Whistleblower Support Fund commends Speaker Pelosi on her excellent choice and congratulates Ms. Devine on her appointment to a position that offers fresh opportunities to serve the nation and its courageous truth-tellers.

WSF founder Don Soeken recognized as a social work pioneer

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Dr. Donald Soeken, founder and Executive Director of the Whistleblower Support fund, has been honored as a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers.  Those selected for the honor “have served as steadfast leaders, and their work has had a ripple effect, collectively impacting millions of people over the years through their advocacy, scholarship, publications, and more. ” (more…)

Brave whistleblowers still face overwhelming odds

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“Alamo Evening” by Steven Kennedy, Flickr CC

In a recent article, “Democrats on Capitol Hill ask White House not to gag federal employees“, the Washington Post quotes from a Congressional letter to President Trump.

“As the new Administration seeks to better understand what problems exist in this area, this is an appropriate time to remind employees about the value of protected disclosures to Congress and inspectors general in accordance with whistleblower protection law,” their letter added.

I have worked with whistleblowers for 40 years and would like to share my thoughts with the President and Congress about the problems they face.

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Hearing examines health of federal whistleblowing, finds alarming changes

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Hearing witnesses Robert MacLean, Dr. Robert Van Boven and Tom Devine. Sept 9, 2014.
Hearing witnesses Robert MacLean, Dr. Robert Van Boven and Tom Devine. Sept 9, 2014.

by Linda Lewis   Sep. 20, 2014

[Originally posted Sep. 18 at Whistleblowing Today]

At a hearing on Capitol Hill last Tuesday, witnesses delivered a combination of good news and dire predictions in testimonies on the state of whistleblowing in the federal government. The hearing, “Examining the Administration’s Treatment of Whistleblowers,” was held September 9 by the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Federal Census. (more…)