On November 13th, 2012, following more than a decade of advocacy from the openness and accountability community, Congress finally enacted protections for those who expose waste, fraud, abuse, and illegality in government. The Senate unanimously passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA, S. 743), closing loopholes for federal whistleblowers who fight for accountable government and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The House of Representatives unanimously approved the WPEA in September. The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) explains the improvements made by the bill here.
This bipartisan compromise includes many significant reforms, but does not include every protection fought for by our partners at POGO, the Government Accountability Project, and Make It Safe Coalition. When the WPEA reaches the President’s desk for signature, we urge him to build upon his October 10th executive directive for intelligence and national security whistleblowers and take action further strengthen the ability of federal workers to safely report wrongdoing.
The protection of whistleblowers has long been a priority for the open government community, and we are pleased to see Congress cross partisan lines to pass legislation that will help pave the way to a more open, efficient, and ethical government. OpenTheGovernment.org applauds our partners and their congressional allies for their work to protect whistleblowers and taxpayers.