Grassley, Wyden Push for Release of Overdue Whistleblower Report

Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden are pressing the President to release a 14-month overdue report on “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information.”

The President requested on Oct. 10, 2012 that the Attorney General deliver a report to him within 180 days assessing the effectiveness of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regulations for protecting whistleblowers as well as ensuring enforcement of those regulations and describing any needed improvements.

“The FBI has a history of whistleblower retaliation, often shunning whistleblowers to basement offices without cause and giving them little or no work,” Grassley said.  “It’s disturbing to see the trend continue in the most recent allegations of a new retaliation method called Loss of Effectiveness orders being used against whistleblowers at the agency.  The mentality at the FBI has to change if waste, fraud and abuse are ever to be rooted out of the agency.”

“Whistleblowers play a critical role in holding the government and its employees accountable,” Wyden said. “The FBI has had special rules for its own employees for decades that desperately need to be updated. It’s important for the Justice Department to explain whether they will fix this on their own, or if Congress needs to step in.”

In addition to the Justice Department report, the Government Accountability Office is studying the effectiveness of the Justice Department’s mechanism for investigating retaliation in the FBI. Grassley and Wyden said that both reports are important in determining if legislation may be necessary.