Senators want to see whistleblower report

Two Senate lawmakers urged President Obama to provide them with a new—but long overdue—report on the FBI's whistleblower protection efforts.

As part of his Oct. 10, 2012, Presidential Policy Directive 19 (PPD 19),“Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information,” the president gave the attorney general 180 days to send him a report on the issue. But the report was not delivered to his office until June 2014, more than a year after the deadline.

And now Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) want to see the report as well.

"The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is currently studying the effectiveness of the Justice Department’s mechanism for investigating retaliation in the FBI," the senators told the president in an Aug. 12 letter. "In addition to having the findings of the GAO study, Congress also needs to know what the Attorney General’s review found so that we may be fully informed before considering any legislation related to this topic. Therefore, we respectfully request a copy of the Attorney General’s recent report."

“The FBI has had special rules for its own employees for decades that desperately need to be updated," Wyden said in a statement. "It’s important for the Justice Department to explain whether they will fix this on their own, or if Congress needs to step in.”

“The FBI has a history of whistleblower retaliation, often shunning whistleblowers to basement offices without cause and giving them little or no work,” Grassley said in a statement. “It’s disturbing to see the trend continue in the most recent allegations of a new retaliation method called Loss of Effectiveness orders being used against whistleblowers at the agency. The mentality at the FBI has to change if waste, fraud and abuse are ever to be rooted out of the agency.” 

Reader comments

Thu, Aug 14, 2014

I agree that the mentality of the FBI needs to change... however, that is true across government. Let's not forget the NSA and their free wheeling approach to spying on anyone anywhere; let's not forget the arrogant abuse of power by the IRS and their continued thumbing of their noses at Congress; let's not forget Eric Holder's abuse of power; and the list continues. The FBI is but one of many abuses of authority and power that will continue until Congress grows a backbone and holds people accountable for their actions. As Congress is spineless and impotent, don't expect much more than lip service from our elected jelly fish.

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