By DANA LIEBELSON
The Air Force may have failed to properly investigate and punish those responsible for the gruesome negligence at Port Mortuary--but fortunately, there's a new sheriff in town: Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner. On Tuesday, her office presented the Air Force with a report concluding that Port Mortuary officials retaliated against the whistleblowers, and should receive appropriate disciplinary action for violating the Whistleblower Protection Act.
Four civilian employees at the mortuary alleged to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) that they suffered retaliation for disclosing that human remains at Port Mortuary were being mishandled. The retaliation against them ran the usual whistleblower gamut: job termination, indefinite administrative leave, and suspensions.
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement supporting OSC’s report that “as an author of the Whistleblower Protection Act, I know the law is clear that it is not appropriate for a federal agency or official to retaliate against a whistleblower on the basis of a protected disclosure.”