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Vote Yes on S. 372: The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act
December 15, 2010
NTU urges all Members to vote “Yes” on S. 372, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent. While additional whistleblower matters may deserve consideration in the 112th Congress, S. 372 must be enacted now; it represents admirable progress toward ensuring that those with credible information about fiscal mismanagement in the federal government are protected from retaliation.
Recent legislation such as the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act and the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act can’t possibly work as intended without other reforms across the entire government’s fiscal practices. For the better part of a decade, one of those missing reforms – comprehensive whistleblower protections – has stalled despite the best efforts of citizen groups across the political spectrum. All the while, taxpayers have been treated to a lamentable litany of fiscal scandals, even as whistleblower provisions for non-federal workers were strengthened. These developments, combined with growing concern over the political insulation of Inspectors General, have further eroded the confidence of conscientious federal employees in reporting waste, fraud, and abuse without fear of reprisal. The House should begin the vital task of restoring this confidence, by passing the remedial legislation now before it. “Waiting until next year” is not an acceptable alternative for taxpayers.
Far from being a radical measure, S. 372 strikes a prudent balance between safeguarding tax dollars as well as national security, and would help to discourage irresponsible WikiLeaks-style disclosures – all without worsening flawed federal workplace rules that contribute to an entrenched bureaucracy. Roll call votes on S. 372 will be significantly weighted in our annual Rating of Congress.
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