Beth Marie Daley

Remembering Beth Daley, whistleblower advocate

December 17, 1966 – August 22, 2010




by Linda Lewis

Beth Marie Daley was born on December 17, 1966, in Glen Ellyn, Ill.   She attended Northwestern University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history. (Washington Post)

In 1989, she moved to Washington, D.C., taking a job with the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and served as acting president from 1996-1998.  After short stints at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and HALT, she joined the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a nonprofit government watchdog, where she worked from 1999 to 2009.

Daley became known for her work to expose ineffective nuclear security, underpayment of oil and gas royalties, and corruption in the Minerals Management Service.  But, she is best known in the whistleblower community for her efforts to convince Congress to pass stronger legal protections for whistleblowers.

Daley did much of her work behind the scenes, urging members of Congress to pass stronger laws protecting whistleblowers from reprisal.  But, she also appeared publicly at whistleblower conferences, including a 2008 conference where she gave a passionate speech describing the need for new legislation that would give whistleblower an alternative to “kangaroo” administrative courts.

Beth loved advising and advocating for whistleblowers speaking out against waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government. She testified in support of protections for national security whistleblowers—legislation providing such protections is finally pending before Congress.  (POGO Tribute to Beth Daley)

Daley married Steve Hollmer in 2002, and the couple had two daughters.  After a lengthy battle with breast cancer, Beth Daley died in her sleep on August 22 , 2010.

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A celebration of Beth’s life will take place on Saturday, September 4th at 122 Maryland Ave NE, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions to honor Beth’s life and work be made to the Project On Government Oversight.  (POGO)

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