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CRS Report: Whistleblower Protections Fails to Do the Job

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The so-called whistleblower protections enacted to shield those in government who come forward about abuses are largely ineffective, a new report from the Congressional Research Service concludes. “I get the picture that people can do really awful things inside agencies and they never pay any price at all, and that’s really scary,” the report’s author, Louis Fisher, told Government Executive. If anything, he said, things have become worse for whistleblowers since the 9/11 because Congress and the courts have overly deferred to the executive branch when it comes to punishing whistleblowers or suppressing information. (1/11/06)