New online resources available for whistleblowers
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jul 31, 2019
The Council of the Inspectors General has announced a new online tool and resource page that aims to help federal employees understand their rights when they report waste, fraud and abuse.
Announced July 30—National Whistleblower Day—the new oresource aims to encourage whistleblowers to continue to come forward.
“[CIGIE] and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) have developed this resource to ensure that whistleblowers are informed of the avenues available to them to report wrongdoing, and also the correct venue to file a complaint to address any retaliation that may occur after reporting wrongdoing,” the site welcome page states.
It features an interactive hotline tool that allows users to easily report a claim, and provides specific information to users in various sectors, such as whistleblower protections for contractors and grantees, members of the military services, and intelligence community employees.
CIGIE also released a new report, “Whistleblowing Works: How Inspectors General Respond to and Protect Whistleblowers,” which samples Offices of Inspector General investigations, audits and reviews that were initiated or advanced because of a whistleblower disclosure.
Congress provided CIGIE with $2 million to make improvements to Oversight.gov, such creating these new resources.