Citizens' Whistleblower Petition sign now

I strongly support more rights and protections for government employees who blow the whistle on waste of our tax dollars, fraud in our government and abuse of power.

Last year, the House and Senate each passed bills to protect federal employees from retaliation when they take steps to ensure more transparency and accountability in our government. But we are still waiting for Congress to agree on a final compromise bill and make our government work better for us. This must be done soon, before members of Congress go home to campaign.

However, the final legislation must include important safeguards in order for the public trust to be kept.

I believe the Houses Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007 (H.R. 985) offers stronger protections than the Senates bill (S. 274) though the final bill should represent the best of the thoughtful work already done by both chambers. The new law must close important loopholes by expanding protection to national security workers in the FBI and other intelligence agencies, government contractors, and almost 40,000 airport baggage screeners. It also must specifically protect scientists who expose efforts to censor or alter the results of federally funded research. For these and other whistleblowers, the right to genuine due process must be provided, including normal access to courts and remedies when the administrative process fails. Without a jury trial as a last safety net for beleaguered whistleblowers, the new law ultimately will be unenforceable.

I am encouraged that certain members of Congress are championing this critical legislation. I join my fellow citizens in urging all members of Congress to recognize the importance of this opportunity and act now to renew our trust by putting partisan politics aside and passing the strongest bill possible to protect the dedicated public servants who expose government waste, fraud, and abuse on our behalf.

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