Accountability got mugged today when congressional leaders stripped federal whistleblower protections from their compromise stimulus bill.
There were, however, a couple of bright spots, with improved language for the government database that will track the flow of stimulus funds to the state and local level. In addition, POGO was cheered by the news that the management-challenged nuclear weapons complex lost out on the billion dollar blank check the Senate had been offering.
Much work remains to be done before the big bucks go out the door. POGO will keep fighting to get federal whistleblowers the protections they need when they disclose the inevitable waste and fraud they will be witnessing. In the meantime, we applaud the members of Congress who worked so hard to include federal whistleblower protections in the stimulus bill.
-- Danielle Brian