By DANA LIEBELSON
There are plenty of superheroes who save the world in disguise. Clark Kent had his red cape. Bruce Wayne donned pointy black ears. Peter Parker shimmied into a jumpsuit. Whistleblowers don't have nifty costumes, but they have a lot in common with these comic book giants—they routinely save taxpayers without much public acknowledgment.
As the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2011 (H. 3289/S. 743) and the Non-Federal Employee Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 241) make their way through Congress, it’s important to acknowledge the real-life superheroes who these bills aim to protect. In written testimony submitted for a Senate subcommittee hearing this week, POGO Director of Public Policy Angela Canterbury highlighted several cases that demonstrate why protections for contractor whistleblowers are so important. Check out five such cases below.
Dana Liebelson is POGO's Beth Daley Impact Fellow.