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.

Missouri Republicans make 3rd attempt to sink whistleblower disclosures

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Fountain View Missouri House Republicans are making a third push to limit whistleblower defenses.  Legislation sponsored by Rep. Kevin Elmer proposes to “codify the existing common law exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine, and to limit their future expansion by the courts.”

If passed into law, the bill would  “provide the exclusive remedy” for whistle blower reprisal, abolishing common law protections that are not incorporated. Employees who witness wrongdoing would be discouraged by such a law from disclosing  it.

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