Whistleblower Law Blog

DOL’s Administrative Review Board Underscores Importance of Whistleblower Access to Counsel

May 3, 2012
On April 27, 2012, the Administrative Review Board (“ARB” or the “Board”) of the U.S. Department of Labor reaffirmed its policy of declining requests to reduce attorney’s fee awards merely because the amount requested is disproportionately larger than the damages recovered by a whistleblower. This ruling underscores the...

Carolyn Lerner Touts OSC's Efficiency, Productivity at Senate Hearing

March 21, 2012
Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”) testified yesterday before the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia. The OSC is a federal agency which works to protect federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel...

OSC Releases Conclusions Regarding Port Mortuary Retaliation

March 19, 2012
In an encouraging follow-up to a story we have blogged about before, the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel (“OSC”) has released its investigative report regarding the whistleblower retaliation that took place at the Port Mortuary in Dover, Delaware. The report found that three United States Air Force officials – Quinton...

USDA Inspectors Expose Sale of Spoiled Applesauce to FDA

February 15, 2012
The Food Integrity Campaign, a project of the Government Accountability Project, reported yesterday that two United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) inspectors who were assigned to the Snokist Growers fruit processing plant in Washington state reported concerns about moldy applesauce to their supervisor but were...

White House Lowers 2013 Budget For Office of Special Counsel

February 15, 2012
p>In its budget request for fiscal year 2013, the White House requested $18.7 million for the Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”). As the government watchdog website MSPBWatch reports, this was less than was requested or appropriated last year -- $19.5 million and $19 million, respectively. This lowering in funding comes...

Sixth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of AIR21 Whistleblower Suit

February 14, 2012
The Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of the employer yesterday in Yadav v. L-3 Communications Corp., a case brought under the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (“AIR21”). The case involved an employee, Avinash Yadav, who alleged that he had been terminated in retaliation for complaining to his...

Special Counsel Announces Settlement for IRS Whistleblower

February 10, 2012
The Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”) issued a press release on Wednesday announcing that a settlement had been reached between the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and Charles Adelberg, an IRS employee who reported concerns about what he perceived as gross mismanagement of an IRS contractor.  Adelberg was subsequently...

Little Known About Consumer Product Safety Whistleblowers, Despite Continued Enforcement

February 1, 2012
Known for monitoring and removing dangerous and potentially lethal products from store shelves, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (or “CPSC”), has seen a steady increase in product incident reports from the general public since 2007. What’s unclear, though, is how many of the reporters are whistleblowers covered under...

Special Counsel Presents Air Force With Port Mortuary Report

February 1, 2012
The United States Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”) issued a press release yesterday announcing that it had presented the United States Air Force with its report regarding allegations of retaliation by four whistleblowers at the U.S. Port Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base.  The OSC Report detailed the sequence of events...

Safety Concerns Remain at Hanford Nuclear Waste Plant

January 20, 2012
USA Today ran an article Wednesday concerning the ongoing safety problems at the nuclear waste treatment facility in Hanford, Washington. Much of the article focused on unsolved technical difficulties with “pulse jet mixers,” devices used to keep the nuclear waste moving to prevent clogging. We have written about this facility...

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