Posts Tagged ‘whistleblower’

Known for monitoring and removing dangerous and potentially lethal products from store shelves, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (or “CPSC”), has seen a steady increase in product incident reports from the general public since 2007. What’s unclear, though, is how many of the reporters are whistleblowers covered under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act [...]

Congressman Edward Markey of the Seventh District of Massachusetts condemned what he viewed as inaction and mismanagement on the part of the Department of Energy (“DOE”) in a letter marking another escalation in the case of a troubled nuclear waste treatment plant in Washington state.  The Hanford Nuclear Site’s Waste Treatment Plant (“WTP”), described by [...]

MRAP Whistleblower Has Security Clearance Reinstated

November 16, 2011 - Comments Off

The Associated Press reported today that Government Accountability Project (“GAP”) client and Marine Corps whistleblower Franz Gayl –who is credited with getting Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (“MRAP”) vehicles delivered to American troops, which former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates claimed saved “thousands of lives” – received notice that his security clearance had been reinstated.  Gayl [...]

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The United States Merit Systems Protection Board (“MSPB”) released a report today entitled “Blowing the Whistle: Barriers to Federal Employees Making Disclosures.”  In it, the MSPB compared two surveys of how federal employees felt about whistleblowing – one conducted in 1992 which surveyed over 13,000 federal employees, and one conducted in 2010 which surveyed over [...]

In a development in a case we blogged about last week, a second official at the vitrification plant for the nuclear site in Hanford, WA, has filed a complaint with the Department of Labor, reports Tacoma, Washington’s The News Tribune.  Donna Busche, the plant’s manager of environmental and nuclear safety, filed a complaint against her [...]

Two former officials of the city of Miami are suing the city for retaliation after they were allegedly fired following their cooperation with investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reports the Wall Street Journal today.  Michael Boudreaux, the former city budget director, and Victor Igwe, the longtime [...]

In what will hopefully be the final chapter in the story of whistleblower retaliation against two brave Texas nurses, the New York Times reported Monday that the doctor who retaliated against them pled guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, a five year probation, and a $5,000 fine.  Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles, Jr., [...]

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In a lawsuit announced Wednesday in Kennewick, Washington, Walt Tamosaitis – a whistleblower who has previously raised concerns about nuclear safety about a waste-treatment factory being built at the Hanford nuclear site in southeast Washington state – alleges that the U.S. Department of Energy took part in engineering his removal from the construction project after [...]

The Government Accountability Office recently criticized a newly revamped IRS program which rewards whistleblowers for reporting corporate tax fraud.

Tax Whistleblower Reward Program

September 9, 2011 - Comments Off

Readers of the Corporate Whistleblower Blog will also be interested in learning about the whistleblower-reward program operated by the Internal Revenue Service.  The program provides awards to individuals who provide the IRS with information leading to collection of unpaid taxes in amounts over $2 million.  This past April, the tax agency paid $4.5 million – [...]