Washington, D.C.  February 24, 2015.  On Wednesday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. (ET), Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden will host a press conference to launch the Whistleblower Protection Caucus in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Sen. Grassley is the chairman of the caucus and Sen. Wyden is the vice-chairman.

A number of whistleblowers and whistleblower advocates will also be in attendance, including FBI crime lab whistleblower Dr. Frederic Whitehurst and Stephen M. Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center.

Senator Grassley, the leading champion of whistleblower protection on Capitol Hill, announced the formation of a Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus on the 25th Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 this past April 10th. 

Grassley said he created the caucus to build a coalition of like-minded Senators who can help bring attention to the need for ongoing whistleblower protections.  Grassley stated that the goals of the Whistleblower Protection Caucus are to ensure “vigilant oversight” over whistleblower protection laws and to create “a culture of understanding and respecting the right to blow the whistle.”

“The creation of the Senate Whistleblower Caucus is a key step in ensuring that employees who risk their careers to serve the public interest will find a safe haven in Congress,” said Kohn.

The press conference will be held in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room, Dirksen 226.

For more information, contact: Mary Jane Wilmoth