New law targets managers who retaliate against federal whistleblowers. Exposing Misconduct.

New law targets managers who retaliate against federal whistleblowers

October 31, 2017

Stories from federal employees bold enough to expose wrongdoing in government agencies are strikingly similar.

They are often “humiliated, marginalized, ostracized, given additional bogus assignments,” said Valerie Riviello, a whistleblower retired from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., as she described her ordeal.

At the same time, discipline is “almost unheard of” for the managers who retaliate against whistleblowers, said Tom Devine, legal director for the Government Accountability Project (GAP), an organization that works with whistleblowers. Instead, it is “almost routine that he or she will be rewarded with a bonus or promotion.”

That could change under a law President Trump signed last week.

For a White House and Congress that often seem intent on undermining federal employee rights and benefits, last week’s enactment of the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 was a welcome change.

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