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Federal Whistleblower Protection

Why Is This Idea Important?: This message posts an idea that has broad public support -- 292 NGO's and businesses ask that the President live up to his campaign and transition policies of best practice rights for whistleblower protection, enforced by full access to court so that the rights have enforcement credibility. Because the birth of this transparency dialogue was so opaque, and limited to a one week turnaround during a holiday weekend, it is not realistic to organize volumes of individual posts before the White House shuts down the process. Hopefully the deep base of public support reflected in this letter will be sufficient to include the topic of whistleblowing in the blog phase of this transparency dialogue. Sincerely,

292 Organizations and Corporations Support Swift Action to Restore Strong, Comprehensive Whistleblower Rights

May 14, 2009

An Open Letter to President Obama and Members of Congress

The undersigned organizations and corporations write to support the completion of the landmark, nine-year legislative effort to restore credible whistleblower rights for government employees. We offer our support to expeditiously pass legislation that includes the critical reforms listed below. Whistleblower protection is a foundation for any change in which the public can believe. It does not matter whether the issue is economic recovery, prescription drug safety, environmental protection, infrastructure spending, national health insurance, or foreign policy. We need conscientious public servants willing and able to call attention to waste, fraud and abuse on behalf of the taxpayers.

Unfortunately, every month that passes has very tangible consequences for federal government whistleblowers, because none have viable rights. Last year, on average, 16 whistleblowers a month lost initial decisions from administrative hearings at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Since 2000, only three out of 53 whistleblowers have received final rulings in their favor from the MSPB. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the only court which can hear federal whistleblower appeals of administrative decisions, has consistently ruled against whistleblowers, with whistleblowers winning only three cases out of 209 since October 1994 when Congress last strengthened the law.

It is crucial that Congress restore and modernize the Whistleblower Protection Act by passing all of the following reforms:

• Grant employees the right to a jury trial in federal court;

• Extend meaningful protections to FBI and intelligence agency whistleblowers;

• Strengthen protections for federal contractors, as strong as those provided to DoD contractors and grantees in last year’s defense authorization legislation;

• Extend meaningful protections to Transportation Security Officers (screeners);

• Neutralize the government’s use of the “state secrets” privilege;

• Bar the MSPB from ruling for an agency before whistleblowers have the opportunity to present evidence of retaliation;

• Provide whistleblowers the right to be made whole, including compensatory damages;

• Grant comparable due process rights to employees who blow the whistle in the course of a government investigation or who refuse to violate the law; and

• Remove the Federal Circuit’s monopoly on precedent-setting cases.

We know you share the commitment of every group signing the letter below to more transparency and accountability in government. Please let us know how we can participate to make this good government reform law to protect federal whistleblowers and taxpayers.

Sincerely,

Marcel Reid, Chair

ACORN 8

Adele Kushner, Executive Director

Action for a Clean Environment

David Swanson, co-founder

AfterDowningStreet

Pamela Miller, Director

Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Dan Lawn, President

Alaska Forum on Environmental Responsibility

Cindy Shogun, Executive Director

Alaska Wilderness League

Ruth Caplan

Alliance for Democracy

Susan Gordon, Director

Alliance for Nuclear Accountability

Rochelle Becker, Executive Director

Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility

Gil Mileikowsky, M.D.

Alliance for Patient Safety

Linda Lipsen, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Mary Alice Baish, Director, Government Relations Office

American Association of Law Libraries

F. Patricia Callahan, President and General Counsel

American Association of Small Property Owners

John W. Curtis, Ph.D., Director of Research and Public Policy

American Association of University Professors

Christopher Finan, president

American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

Caroline Fredrickson, Director, Washington Legislative Office

American Civil Liberties Union

Michael D. Ostrolenk

American Conservative Defense Alliance

Dr. Paul Connett, Executive Director

American Environmental Health Studies Project, Inc.

John Gage, National President

American Federation of Government Employees

Charles M. Loveless, Director of Legislation

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Mary Ellen McNish, General Secretary

American Friends Service Committee

Caitlin Love Hills, National Forest Program Director

American Lands Alliance

Jessica McGilvray, Assistant Director

American Library Association

Tom DeWeese, President

American Policy Center

Alexandra Owens, Executive Director

American Society of Journalists and Authors

Charlotte Hall, President

American Society of Newspaper Editors

Patricia Schroeder, President and CEO

Association of American Publishers

Prudence Adler, Associate Executive Director

Association of Research Libraries

Ms. Bobbie Paul, Executive Director

Atlanta WAND (Women's Action for New Directions)

Samuel H. Sage, President

Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc.

Jay Stewart, Executive Director

Better Government Association

Jay Feldman, Executive Director

Beyond Pesticides

Matthew Fogg, First Vice-President

Blacks in Government

Chip Pitts, President

Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Diane Wilson, President

Calhoun County Resource Watch

Jane Williams, Executive Director

California Communities Against Toxics

Peter Scheer, Executive Director

California First Amendment Association

Terry Franke, Executive Director

Californians Aware

Reece Rushing, Director of Regulatory and Information Policy

Center for American Progress

William Snape, Senior Counsel

Center for Biological Diversity

Charlie Cray, Director

Center for Corporate Policy

Gregory T. Nojeim, Senior Counsel and

Director, Project on Freedom, Security & Technology

Center for Democracy and Technology

J. Bradley Jansen, Director

Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights

Joseph Mendelson III, Legal Director

Center for Food Safety

Paul Kurtz, Chairman

Center for Inquiry

Robert E. White, President

Center for International Policy

Lawrence S. Ottinger, President

Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest

Merrill Goozner, Director

Integrity in Science

Center for Science in the Public Interest

John Richard

Center for Study of Responsive Law

Linda Lazarus, Director

Center to Advance Human Potential

Craig Williams, Director

Chemical Weapons Working Group & Common Ground

Phil Fornaci, Counselor

C.H.O.I.C.E.S.

Leonard Akers

Citizens Against Incineration at Newport

Evelyn M. Hurwich, President and Chair

Circumpolar Conservation Union

David B. McCoy, Executive Director

Citizen Action New Mexico

Doug Bandow, Vice President for Policy

Citizen Outreach

Deb Katz, Executive Director

Citizens Awareness Network

Barbara Warren, Executive Director

Citizens' Environmental Coalition

Elaine Cimino

Citizens for Environmental Safeguards

James Turner, Chairman of the Board

Citizens for Health

Michael McCormack, Executive Director

Citizens for Health Educational Foundation

Gerard Beloin

Citizens for Judicial Reform

Laura Olah, Executive Director

Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger

Anne Hemenway, Treasurer

Citizen's Vote, Inc.

Rick Piltz

Climate Science Watch

John Judge

Coalition on Political Assassinations

9/11 Research Project

Zena Crenshaw, 2nd Vice-Chair

3.5.7 Commission on Judicial Reform

Sarah Dufendach, Vice President for Legislative Affairs

Common Cause

Greg Smith, Co-Founder

Community Research

Clarissa Duran, Director

Community Service Organization del Norte

Neil Cohen, Publisher

Computer Law Reporter, Inc.

Joni Arends, Executive Director

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety

Lokesh Vuyyuru, MD, Founder

Concerned Citizens of Petersburg

Daniel Hirsch, Member, Executive Committee

Concerned Foreign Service Officers

Matthew Fogg, President

Congress Against Racism & Corruption in Law Enforcement (CARCLE)

Linda Sherry, Director of National Priorities

Consumer Action

Ellen Bloom, Director of Federal Policy

Ami Gadhia, Policy Counsel

Consumers Union

Bob Shavelson, Director

Cook Inlet Keeper

Neil Takemoto, Director

CoolTown Betta Communities

Tonya Hennessey, Project Director

CorpWatch

Louis Wolf, Co-Founder

CovertAction Quarterly

John Issacs, Executive Director

Council for a Livable World

Anne Weismann, Chief Counsel

CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Cathy Harris, Founder, Executive Director

Customs Employees Against Discrimination Association

Miho Kim, Executive Director

DataCenter

Mary Elizabeth Beetham, Director of Legislative Affairs

Defenders of Wildlife

Sue Udry, Director

Defending Dissent Foundation

Bob Fertik, President

Democrats.com

Paul E. Almeida, President

Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO

Courtney Dillard, Founder

Dillard-Winecoff Boutique Hotel

Ben Smilowitz, Director

Disaster Accountability Project

Dr. Patrick Campbell

Doctors against Fraud

Dr. Disamodha Amarasinghe

Doctors for National Healthcare

James J. Murtagh, Jr., President

Doctors for Open Government

Dr. John Raviotta

Doctors for Reform of JCAHO

Marco Simons, Legal Director

EarthRights International

Bruce Baizel, Senior Staff Attorney

Earthworks

Larry Chang, Founder

EcolocityDC

Thea Harvey, Executive Director

Economists for Peace and Security

Lisa Walker, Executive Director

Education Writers Association

Mike Ewoll, Founder and Director

Energy Justice Network

Gregory Hile

EnviroJustice

Chuck Broscious, President

Environmental Defense Institute

Carol Werner

Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Judith Robinson, Director of Programs

Environmental Health Fund

Eric Shaeffer, Executive Director

Environmental Integrity Project

Peter Montague, Ph.D, Director

Environmental Research Foundation

Jason Zuckerman

The Employment Law Group

Rob Weissman

Essential Information

George Anderson

Ethics in Government Group (EGG)

Bob Cooper

Evergreen Public Affairs

Gabe Bruno

FAA Whistleblowers Alliance

Robert Richie, Executive Director

FairVote

Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative

Federally Employed Women (FEW)

Steven Aftergood, Project Director

Federation of American Scientists

Marilyn Fitterman, Vice President

Feminists for Free Expression

Ellen Donnett, Administrative Director

Fluoride Action Network

Andrew D. Jackson

Focus-On-Indiana for Judicial Reform

Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director

Food and Water Watch

Bob Darby, Coordinator

Food Not Bombs/Atlanta

Andy Stahl

Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics (FSEEE)

Tom Ferguson

Foundation for Global Community/Atlanta

Ruth Flower, Legislative Director

Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers)

Brent Blackwelder, President

Friends of the Earth

Conrad Martin, Executive Director

Fund for Constitutional Government

Gail Naftalin, Owner

Gail’s Vegetarian Catering

Karyn Jones, Director

G.A.S.P

Gwen Marshall, Co-Chairman

Georgians for Open Government

Neil Tangri

Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance

Denny Larson, Executive Director

Global Community Monitor

Reede Stockton

Global Exchange

Paul F. Walker, Ph.D., Legacy Program Director

Global Green USA

(The US Affiliate of Green Cross International, Mikhail Gorbachev, Chairman)

Bill Owens, President

The Glynn Environmental Coalition

Tom Devine, legal director

Government Accountability Project

Bill Hedden, Executive Director

Grand Canyon Trust

Molly Johnson, Area Coordinator

Grandmothers for Peace, San Luis Obispo County Chapter

Alexis Baden-Mayer

Grassroots Netroots Alliance

Luci Murphy

Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Washington

Alan Muller

Green Delaware

Jenefer Ellingston

Green Party of the United States

Tracy Frisch

Greenwich Citizens Committee

James C. Turner, Executive Director

HALT, Inc. -- An Organization of Americans for Legal Reform

Tom Carpenter, Executive Director

Hanford Challenge

Arthur S. Shoor, President

Healthcare Consultants

Helen Salisbury, M.D.

Health Integrity Project

Vanessa Pierce, Executive Director

Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah)

Gerry Pollet

Heart of America Northwest

Ernie Reed, Council Chair

Heartwood

Liz Havstad, Chief of Staff

Hip Hop Caucus

Doug Tjapkes, President

Humanity for Prisoners

Keith Robinson, Interim President

Indiana Coalition for Open Government

Scott Armstrong, Executive Director

Information Trust

Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D., President

Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

Brenda Platt, Co-Director

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Donald Soeken, President

Integrity International

Michael McCray, Esq., Co-Chair

International Association of Whistleblowers

Mory Atashkar, Vice President

Iranian American Democratic Association

Mark S. Zaid

James Madison Project

John Metz, Executive Director

JustHealth

Brett Kimberlin, Director

Justice Through Music

Elizabeth Crowe, Director

Kentucky Environmental Foundation

Tom FitzGerald, Director

Kentucky Resources Council, Inc.

Kit Wood, Owner

Kit’s Catering

James Love

Knowledge Ecology International

Josephine Carol Cicchini

LeapforPatientSafety

Jonathon Moseley, Executive Director

Legal Affairs Council

James Plummer

Liberty Coalition

Greg Mello, Executive Director

Los Alamos Study Group

Dr. Janette Parker

Medical Whistleblower

Ayize Sabater, Organizer

Mentors of Minorities in Education's Total Learning Cic-Tem

Jill McElheney, Founder

Micah's Mission

Ministry to Improve Childhood & Adolescent Health

Ellen Smith, Owner and Managing Editor

Mine Safety and Health News

Mary Treacy, Executive Director

The Minnesota Coalition on Government Information

Helen Haskell

Mothers Against Medical Error

Mark Cohn, President

MPD Productions, Inc.

James Landrith, Founder

The Multiracial Activist

Larry Fisher, Founder

National Accountant Whistleblower Coalition

Tinsley H. Davis, Executive Director

National Association of Science Writers

Jim L. Jorgenson, Deputy Executive Director

National Association of Treasury Agents

Dominick DellaSala, Ph.D., Executive Director of Programs and Chief Scientist

National Center for Conservation Science & Policy

Joan E. Bertin, Esq., Executive Director

National Coalition Against Censorship

Eileen Dannemann, Director

National Coalition of Organized Women

Russell Hemenway, President

National Committee for an Effective Congress

Sally Greenberg, Executive Director

National Consumers League

Terisa E. Chaw, Executive Director

National Employment Lawyers Association

Andrew Jackson

National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc.

Kim Gandy, President

National Organization for Women

Paul Brown, Government Relations Manager

National Research Center for Women & Families

Sibel Edmonds, President and Founder

National Security Whistleblowers Coalition

Pete Sepp, Vice President for Policy & Communications

National Taxpayers Union

Colleen M. Kelley, National President

National Treasury Employees Union

Steve Kohn, President

National Whistleblower Center

Amy Allina

National Women's Health Network

Lewis Maltby, President

National Workrights Institute

Terrie Smith, Director

National Nuclear Workers For Justice

Tim Hermach, President

Native Forest Council

Doug Kagan, Chairman

Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom

Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Ron Marshall, Chairman

New Grady Coalition

Rick Engler, Director

New Jersey Work Environment Council

Douglas Meiklejohn, J.D., Executive Director

New Mexico Environmental Law Center

Caroline Heldman Ph.D., Director

New Orleans Women’s Shelter

Marsha Coleman-Abedayo, Chair

No FEAR Coalition

Nina Bell, J.D., Executive Director

Northwest Environmental Advocates

Alice Slater, Director

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, New York

David A. Kraft, Director

Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS)

Michael Mariotte, Executive Director

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Jay Coghlan, Executive Director

Nuclear Watch New Mexico

Gwen Lachelt, Executive Director

Oil & Gas Accountability Project

Sean Moulton, Director, Federal Information Policy

OMB Watch

Nikuak Rai, Arts Director

One Common Unity

Rob Kall

Op Ed News

Patrice McDermott, Executive Director

OpenTheGovernment.org

Paul Loney, President

Oregon Wildlife Federation

Ellen Paul, Executive Director

The Ornithological Council

Joe Carson, Chair

P. Jeffrey Black, Co-Chair

OSC Watch Steering Committee

Judy Norsigian, Executive Director

Our Bodies Ourselves

Betsy Combier, President and Editor

Parentadvocates.org

Ashley Katz, MSW, Executive Director

Patient Privacy Rights

Blake Moore

Patient Quality Care Project

Dianne Parker

Patient Safety Advocates

Former Special Agent Darlene Fitzgerald

Patrick Henry Center

Paul Kawika Martin, Organizing, Political and PAC Director

Peace Action & Peace Action Education Fund

Bennett Haselton, Founder

Peacefire.org

Rev. Paul Alexander, Ph.D., Director

Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice

Michael McCally, MD, PhD, Executive Director

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Dale Nathan, J.D., President

POPULAR, Inc.

Vina Colley, President

Portsmouth/Piketon Residents for Environmental Safety and Security (PRESS)

David Banisar, Director, FOI Project

Privacy International

Evan Hendricks, Editor/Publisher

Privacy Times

Robert Bulmash, President

Private Citizen, Inc.

Ronald J Riley, President

Professional Inventor's Alliance

Dr. Paul Lapides

Professors for Integrity

Tim Carpenter, Director

Progressive Democrats of America

Danielle Brian, Executive Director

Project On Government Oversight

Ellen Thomas, Executive Director

Proposition One Committee

David Arkush, Director, Congress Watch

Public Citizen

Jeff Ruch, Executive Director

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

Robert L. FitzPatrick, President

Pyramid Scheme Alert

Dr. Diana Post, President

Rachel Carson Council, Inc.

Lucy A. Dalglish, Executive Director

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Kirsten Moore, President and CEO

Reproductive Health Technologies Project

Tim Little, Executive Director

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment

John W. Whitehead, president

The Rutherford Institute

Adrienne Anderson, Coordinator

Safe Water Colorado and Nuclear Nexus Projects

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

(Whistleblower Anderson v Metro Wastewater)

Angela Smith, Coordinator

Seattle Healthy Environment Alliance (Seattle HEAL)

Dr. Blake Moore, President

The Semmelweis Society International (SSI)

Rufus Kinney

Serving Alabama's Future Environment (SAFE)

Ed Hopkins, Director of Environmental Quality Program

Sierra Club

Shane Jimerfield, Executive Director

Siskiyou Project

Gillian Caldwell, Campaign Director

1Sky

Andrea Shipley, Executive Director

Snake River Alliance

Matthew Petty, Executive Director

The Social Sustenance Organization

Dave Aekens, National President

Society of Professional Journalists

Laureen Clair

SOL Communications Inc

Amy B. Osborne, President

Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

Don Hancock, Director of Nuclear Waste Safety Program

Southwest Research and Information Center

Donna Rosenbaum, Executive Director

S.T.O.P. - Safe Tables Our Priority

Mauro Oliveira

StopClearCuttingCalifornia.org

Kevin Kuritzky

The Student Health Integrity Project (SHIP)

Daphne Wysham, Co-Director

Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN)

Jeb White, Executive Director

Taxpayers Against Fraud

Alec McNaughton

Team Integrity

Ken Paff, National Organizer

Teamsters for a Democratic Union

Thad Guyer, Partner

T.M. Guyer & Ayers & Friends

Peter Barnes

Tomales Bay Institute

Marylia Kelley, Executive Director

Tri-Valley CAREs

Communities Against a Radioactive Environment

Paul Taylor

Truckers Justice Center

Francesca Grifo, Ph.D., Director

Scientific Integrity Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Dane von Breichenruchardt, President

U.S. Bill of Rights Foundation

Dr. Joseph Parish

U.S. Environmental Watch

Gary Kalman, Director, Federal Legislative Office

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S.PIRG)

Nick Mangieri, President

Valor Press, Ltd.

Brad Friedman, co-founder

Velvet Revolution

Dr. Jeffrey Fudin, Founder

Veterans Affairs Whistleblowers Coalition

Sonia Silbert, Co-Director

Washington Peace Center

Nada Khader, Foundation Director

WESPAC Foundation

Janine Blaeloch, Director

Western Lands Project

Gloria G. Karp, Co-Chair

Westchester Progressive Forum

Greg Costello, Executive Director

Western Environmental Law Center

Mabel Dobbs, Chair

Livestock Committee

Western Organization of Resource Councils

Ann Harris, Executive Director

We the People, Inc

Janet Chandler, Co-Founder

Whistleblower Mentoring Project

Dan Hanley

Whistleblowing United Pilots Association

Linda Lewis, Director

Whistleblowers USA

John C. Horning, Executive Director

WildEarth Guardians

George Nickas, Executive Director

Wilderness Watch

Tracy Davids, Executive Director

Wild South

Scott Silver, Executive Director

Wild Wilderness

Kim Witczak

WoodyMatters

Tom Z. Collina, Executive Director

20/20 Vision

Paula Brantner, Executive Director

Workplace Fairness

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  1. Of course, the law should be tightened up. But this is still a pound of cure, when an ounce of prevention will do.

    I'm a federal whistleblower who tried the legal route, so I know its *limitations* for relief even if we add the "ideal" legal language.

    Time to start replacing the need to go to court with technology that prevents retaliation in the first place. See my Idea:

    "Make It Safe for Govt. Workers to Innovate to Save Money"

    http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/2481-4049

    4 years ago
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  2. Dear fellow "Idea" brainstormers and commentors:

    For news and moderated discussion (public, but unofficial) about the

    continuing development and implementation of the "Open Government

    Directive", you are invited to either:

    1. send mailto:opengovernmentdirective+subscribe@googlegroups.com

    2. visit http://groups.google.com/group/opengovernmentdirective

    NOTE: Because I am posting this to the Comment section of some

    (but not all) Ideas, you may see this message more than once.

    I apologize for that.

    vr,

    Stephen Buckley

    http://www.UStransparency.com

    4 years ago
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  3. One often unrecognized aspect to this issue is that anyone in the political community who considers himself or herself a "fiscal conservative" should aggressively support whistleblower protections.

    For example, since our founding in 1969, National Taxpayers Union has received valuable information and insight from government employees and private contractors involving literally tens of billions of dollars in potential savings to taxpayers. Indeed, one of NTU’s first leaders was Ernest Fitzgerald, a legendary whistleblower who uncovered more than $2 billion in cost overruns on the C-5A project. Since then, conscientious Americans like Mr. Fitzgerald have helped NTU and government investigators to expose items ranging from Medicare benefit fraud to irregularities at the Pentagon’s own Inspector General office. Thanks to the testimony of employees within the Internal Revenue Service, legislative hearings during 1997 and 1998 on the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act effectively focused Congress and the American people on the personnel and structural problems that had long plagued the tax agency.

    For those on the right side of the political spectrum who consider all whistleblowers to be grumblers taking advantage of some grievance mill, please think again. The federal government has many other bureaucratic structures that are friendlier to malingerers with an ax to grind. A solid, impartial, and transparent structure of whistleblower rights isn't among these. Whistleblower protection is taxpayer protection!

    Pete Sepp

    pressguy@ntu.org

    4 years ago
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  4. I thought this Web Site provides is an opportunity to voice/provide/propose some ideas that how government could be more efficient, beyond and above supporting an independent bill or your each individual association's agenda.

    There are other channels/methods to voice or promote interests of individual associations, rather using here en masse.

    Just imagine, if all other [thousands of associations] start posting their agenda on this site, where that will lead to.

    Or just imaging if each individual bill is started discussing here - what will that churn out.

    Please help with ideas that how government could be made more efficient. In other words, as workforce centric association, you may give ideas that how to measure current efficiency level (of each worker/department/Bureau/Agency), make it transparent to Citizens, and publish actions in pipeline to reward, bring improvement or correction. You may give ideas that how to measure "Cost of Service per unit" delivered by each employee.

    4 years ago
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  5. a couple of concerns - unfortunately not suggested remedies:

    the office of special counsel has historically been a very politicized environment. during the last regime we saw the hostility break out between the OSC management and employees. it seems that the OSC was able to filter out the whistleblowing activities which could have brought negative public light on the administration's actions. how do we eliminate that politicization of the senior appointed public officials of the OSC?

    presently, to trigger a whistleblowing incident which accords protection for the whistleblower, the employee must elevate their concerns at least one level above the party causing the issue. by doing that, circumventing the chain of command, the whistleblower is required to make evident their inclination to blow the whistle. management is alert to that and begins its retaliation. in its defense, management then ascribes to the whistleblower use of the OSC only as a means to protect the employee from the allegations raised in the retaliation. and almost always, the employee, rather than the offending manager, is the one whose career is damaged (sometimes lost). maybe we should revise the triggering criteria

    4 years ago
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  6. The length of this comment was annoying. I had to stroll down a lot to just get past it and it didn't interest me. I consider this letter to be a form of spam. The next time you want to post this please consider posting a link to it instead of forcing everyone to scroll it.

    4 years ago
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  7. Extremely annoying length.

    Thumbs down.

    4 years ago
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  8. Holy crap, make www.longlistofnames.com and move your 5 page list of names there. We care about your ideas here, not your names and titles.

    4 years ago
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  9. I am concerned about creating special privileges for whistleblowers that may result in unintended consequences such as granting undeserved immunity from charges for perjury or extortion.

    I would have to know more about how federal departments operate in order to provide positive recommendations, but that is my immediate reaction.

    4 years ago
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  10. Want to see the surplus money the US government and all states, local governments have? http://CAFR1.com and http://TaxRetirement.com

    and support Campaign for Liberty

    4 years ago
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  11. Want to see the surplus money the US government and all states, local governments have? http://CAFR1.com and http://TaxRetirement.com

    and support Campaign for Liberty

    4 years ago
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  12. Do a search in Google on "Government Wealth" then if you are inclined, support this man that has provided this great service for us that make up the USA. We need volunteers to audit their city, county, state, etc...

    4 years ago
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  13. Democracy:

    A government of the masses.

    Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of "direct" expression.

    Results in mobocracy.

    Attitude toward property is comunistic-negating property rights.

    Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate. whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.

    Results in demagogism license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.

    Democracy is the "direct" rule of the people and has been repeatedly tried without success.

    A certain Professor Alexander Fraser Tytler, nearly two centuries ago, had this to say about Democracy: " A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of Government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess out of public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that Democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a Dictatorship."

    A democracy is majority rule and is destructive of liberty because there is no law to prevent the majority from trampling on individual rights. Whatever the majority says goes! A lynch mob is an example of pure democracy in action. There is only one dissenting vote, and that is cast by the person at the end of the rope.

    Republic:

    Authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them.

    Attitude toward property is respect for laws and individual rights, and a sensible economic procedure.

    Attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with a strict regard to consequences.

    A greater number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass.

    Avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy. Results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress.

    Is the "standard form" of government throughout the world.

    A republic is a form of government under a constitution which provides for the election of:

    an executive and

    a legislative body, who working together in a representative capacity, have all the power of appointment, all power of legislation all power to raise revenue and appropriate expenditures, and are required to create

    a judiciary to pass upon the justice and legality of their governmental acts and to recognize

    certain inherent individual rights.

    Take away any one or more of those four elements and you are drifting into autocracy. Add one or more to those four elements and you are drifting into democracy.

    Our Constitutional fathers, familiar with the strength and weakness of both autocracy and democracy, with fixed principles definitely in mind, defined a representative republican form of government. They "made a very marked distinction between a republic and a democracy and said repeatedly and emphatically that they had founded a republic."

    A republic is a government of law under a Constitution. The Constitution holds the government in check and prevents the majority (acting through their government) from violating the rights of the individual. Under this system of government a lynch mob is illegal. The suspected criminal cannot be denied his right to a fair trial even if a majority of the citizenry demands otherwise.

    Difference between Democracy and Republic, in brief:

    Democracy:

    a: government by the people; especially : rule of the majority.

    b: a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

    Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences

    Republic

    a: a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government.

    b: a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.

    Democracy and Republic are often taken as one of the same thing, but there is a fundamental difference. Whilst in both cases the government is elected by the people, in Democracy the majority rules according to their whims, whilst in the Republic the Government rule according to law. This law is framed in the Constitution to limit the power of Government and ensuring some rights and protection to Minorities and individuals.

    The difference between Republic and Righteous Republic is that in the Republic the Government rules according to the law set up by men, in the Righteous Republic the law is the Law of God. Only in the Righteous Republic it can truly be said "One nation under God" for it is governed under commandments of the only One True God and there is no pluralism of religions.

    Autocracy declares the divine right of kings; its authority can not be questioned; its powers are arbitrarily or unjustly administered.

    Mobocracy: 1. Political control by a mob. 2. The mass of common people as the source of political control.

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  14. Apart from the 18 pages of names, this looks like a good idea. We need a clear and comprehensive set of whistleblower protections for BOTH government and private employees.

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