Pres. Trump  fired the IG for the State Department late Friday. He is required by statute to explain why. But, his letter to Congress simply said he lost confidence in Steve Linick. Yes, the old “lost confidence” rationale. The refuge of all retaliating employers. Later, when asked about the termination, Pres. Trump minimized one of

The Office of Special Counsel has found in favor of Dr. Bright. I previously wrote about Dr. Bright here. The quickness of the finding underscores the strength of Dr. Bright’s case. I have yet to get the OSC to even conduct an actual investigation in any of my cases. OSC has recommended that Dr.

So, as I guessed, Dr. Bright is claiming to be a whistleblower. I previously wrote about Dr. Bright here. Dr. Bright submitted a whistleblower complaint with attachments. See NPR news report here. He filed his complaint with the Office of Special Counsel. OSC has the power to investigate whistleblower complaints submitted by federal

Its always a  bad sign when you fire a high ranking executive without following agency protocol. Yet, that is  what DHHs did when it demoted Dr. Rick Bright. DHHS froze Dr. Bright out of his email account with no warning. DHHS demoted Dr. Bight from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the agency in

Pres. Trump and others are trying to “out” the Ukraine whistle blower. If they do name the whistle blower, they will violate the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act. The ICWPA does not provide a private right of action. The only mechanism available to a whistle blower is to submit an internal complaint. The Ukraine whistleblower

There is a federal statute which prohibits the naming of an Intelligence Community whistleblower. I previously wrote about that federal statute here.  The statute specifically prohibits the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community from naming any whistleblower. See 50 U.S.C. Sec. 3033(g)(3)(A). But, the law probably also prevents any federal official from naming a

A jury in Taylor County (Abilene), awarded $2.5 in a whistle blower lawsuit. Chad Carter, the former City Engineer for the City of Abilene, complained to the Texas Board of Engineers about the City of Abilene’s failure to follow the Texas Engineering Practice Act when it built several roads. The jury awarded some $100,000 in

The Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998 was passed to cover persons in the intelligence community, as the name suggests.  It applies to the 17 various federal intelligence agencies.  It defines an “urgent” concern as one that represents a “serious or flagrant problem, abuse, violation of law or executive order, or deficiency relating to

There are various whistle blower statutes that apply to federal and state employees. The federal intelligence community has a unique statute. A whsitle blower in the intelligence community can make an anonymous complaint. A whistle blower in the intelligence community has complaiend that Pres. Trump has committed certain acts. Those acts, if committed by an

In 2002, in reaction to the Enron scandal, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Act protects whistleblowers who report violations of securities regulations regarding accurate reporting. See National Whistleblower Center post regarding the act here. There was a whistleblower at Enron who did try to report the violations of securities regulations. And, here in