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Shanna Devine to head whistleblower ombudsman office

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…

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WSF founder Don Soeken recognized as a social work pioneer

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…

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Brave whistleblowers still face overwhelming odds

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…

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Hearing examines health of federal whistleblowing, finds alarming changes

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…