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Nov 02, 2011

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Justice Delayed

An inquiry to the US Attorney for the District of Columbia today regarding the DOJ's intentions toward the Bloch case yielded a "no comment" answer.

Evelynn Brown, J.D., LL.M

Although I applaud the efforts of the organizations who wish to spearhead this plea, I wish there had been a plan to include all whistleblower advocacy groups outside the beltway.

Further, I am deeply concerned that some whistleblowers may not desire to have their complaints to OSC made public because it may subject them to retaliation at new employers.

Clearly, OSC failed it's statutory missions under Bloch. But I don't know how OSC can accomplish the heavy lifting of transparency without a significant increase in federal funding.

Federal service employees have a duty to protect the public interest. Without protections from retaliation, they cannot and will not protect anyone.

Evelynn Brown, J.D., LL.M
Chief Executive Officer and President
Whistlewatch.org

Feral Jundi

I am in total agreement. The OSC is the end of the line for Whistle Blower cases. I had a friend whose case made it all the way to the OSC, and their treatment of the case, and reasoning for dropping it was pretty shocking and a joke in my opinion.

I won't get into the details of this case, but federal whistle blower cases traditionally have a low chance of success. Especially when you have a federal agency whose job is to watch other federal agencies. I personally think there is a conflict of interest there. What incentive would a federal agency have to attack the hand that feeds it or the government it is a part of?

And yet again, I point to the drastically low percentage of successful federal whistle blower cases.

What really kills me though is that most of those federal cases had to go through multiple layers of bureaucracy and legal battle, just to get to that OSC level. That means every office within that department, and then that agency and so on, complete with well paid government lawyers and aids, fighting the claims of that lowly whistle blower, every step of the way. In other words, the federal government is very good at protecting itself.

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