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Aug 01, 2008



I was put in a position to choose between loyalty and integity in an NIH funded research project. I chosed integrity knowing that there is a law out there to protect me against unlawful termination, retaliation and discrimination. The result is that I am out of job for over 10 months and I don't even have the right to a hearing!

In the light of the new whistleblower protection law, employees, staff, and faculty will lose their rights of protection from retaliation therefore, no one will ever think of reporting anything.

The consequences are then unimaginable and unpredictible...

Scott Amey

California state Senator Yee proposes language to provide UC employees the same whistleblower protections as other state employees.

August 12, 2008

Senator Leland Y. Yee, Ph.D.
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room 4048
Sacramento, CA 95814

Via Facsimile (916) 327-2186

Dear Senator Yee:

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) commends your legislative efforts through SB 1199 to provide University of California (UC) employees the same whistleblower protections as other state employees.

As an independent nonprofit organization committed to achieving a more accountable federal government, POGO has urged the federal government to better protect government insiders who report waste, fraud, and abuse in government activities and spending. In a setback to whistleblowers, the Supreme Court of California, following a California statute, issued a recent opinion stating that the UC can avoid liability in whistleblower cases simply by deciding whistleblower allegations. Under the Court’s ruling, if UC merely renders a decision on a case in a timely fashion, UC employees (who are spread out at ten campuses and three Department of Energy labs in California and New Mexico) do not have standing to file for damages under the California Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA).

Thank you for your leadership in remedying the current law and thereby protecting UC whistleblowers. Without an independent legal remedy, UC would be its own judge and jury in cases alleging that it had retaliated against its employees. POGO strongly supports the UC whistleblower protections included in SB 1199 as amended.


Scott H. Amey
General Counsel


Dear POGO, August 1, 2008

I have no knowledge of the case other than this posting, although is a viable avenue available for a Federal Filing as to my view the resolve did not take place nor was it heard in reference to Miklosy and Messina (et all?) ?

Also as a California Legislative process, would a Judicial member inquiry review and accrediation be available (Impeachment Inquiry or exercise and implementation process).

Thank you POGO for your tremendous highly commendable superb and excellent endeavor and support and expense's !! and especially within your limited resources and budget on behalf of proper and forthright accountability and on behalf of all.

Thank you POGO for allowing me to respond as my efforts are to allow for as much hope and/or optomistic view as possible to be achieved on behalf of your endeavors.

(Hopefully my reply is not just sad painstaking rehtoric in the face of a lack of Political, Judicial, Legislative will and the lack of reasonable viable support and funds for brave and courages, proper and forthright Pro Bono and/or Amicus attempts to be properly and forthrightly acknowledged and heard as would be expected within our Federal and State respective Constitutions and Democracy).

POGO, please advise and/or make the necessary corrections and/or deletions within my reply to this Article. I am not a lawyer and also I do not want to unduly interfere with this and hopefully ongoing matter and especially POGO's superb and excellent, patient and tolerant, time and consideration and painstaking efforts within this hopefully ongoing matter(s).

Thank you POGO for your time and consideration.


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