National Forum On Judicial Accountability
National Forum On Judicial Accountability (NFOJA) members and supporters, please take a moment to congratulate all "Truth Tellers" and our comrades at the Government Accountability Project (GAP) which co-sponsors NFOJA's "Drum Majors for Truth", for this milestone:
Last night, the Senate passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act and the bill will now go before the president to be signed into law. The legislation will significantly improve protections for federal employees who expose fraud, waste, and abuse and will also make it easier to reprimand supervisors who retaliate against these employees.
GAP has worked for 13 years on this legislation to improve whistleblower protections. While the bill lacks all the improvements GAP sought, it is a major step in the right direction.
Key Quote: The legal director of the Government Accountability Project, Tom Devine, said: "After a 13-year roller coaster campaign, Congress unanimously has given whistle-blowers who defend the public a fighting chance to defend themselves. This is a major victory for taxpayers and public servants, but a major defeat for special interests and bureaucrats. Free speech rights for government employees never have been stronger."
It is unfortunate that whistleblower rights seem to be addressed more in the breach than in the keeping. Tom Devine and GAP are to be congratulated in their effort.