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State Department IG Finds Top Contractors Discourage Whistleblowers

Posted on April10, 2015
An audit released by the State Department's inspector general reported "that all 30 of the State Department's largest contractors use confidentiality agreements or policies that can curtail the disclosure of information related to wrongdoing within the company." In 2012, the State Department paid these 30 contractors nearly $40 billion. Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission fined a contractor with similar agreements in place $130,000. The contractors defended themselves by reporting that the agreements had never been enforced against potential whistleblowers.…
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Over Half of Separation Clauses at International Relief and Development Violate Whistleblower Laws According to Inspector General

Posted on August19, 2014
A federal inspector general said Thursday that more than half of the separation agreements signed by departing employees of a nonprofit that received hundreds of millions of tax dollars to work in Iraq and Afghanistan contain provisions that violate whistleblower-protection laws.  The separation agreements warned employees that they could face legal action if they made disparaging remarks about IRD, including comments to "funding agencies" or "officials of any government."   Read more at Stars and Stripes
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EPA watchdog says federal board blocking probe into retaliation

Posted on June24, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog, the Office of the Inspector General, has been attempting to investigate whether a “high-level” official in the independent Office of Special Counsel leaked the names of whistleblowers who had reported on abuses and mismanagement at the board. Read the entire article at The Washington Times  
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Statehouse Watchdog to Weed Out Waste in South Carolina

Posted on November08, 2012
There's a new watchdog at the Statehouse. South Carolina's first independent Inspector General started work this summer to weed out government waste, fraud, and corruption. As the new South Carolina Inspector General, it's Patrick Maley's job to weed out waste in the Executive Branch. He relies on whistleblowers and tips from the public to investigate about 58 thousand employees and 100 state agencies, like the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Transportation, for example. "Some people…
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