Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 403-0, a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to strengthen equal employment protections for federal workers. Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, as well as Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton, James F. Sensenbrenner, and Sheila Jackson Lee cosponsored the bill, the Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2015, H.R. 1557.
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The Office of Personnel Management has issued it’s "Disciplinary Best Practices and Advisory Guidelines Under the No FEAR Act" this week. The report, which was made public on September 30, offers detailed guidelines for how agencies should handle disciplinary issues arising from instances of discrimination or retaliation. The report is a culmination of a study of best

In an order posted today on the its website, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not be hearing the Murphy v. IRS appeal. Although this is a disappointing turn of events, whistleblower and civil rights advocates should continue the fight for tax justice, both in other judicial venues, and in the halls of Congress.  

In response to the news, the National Whistleblower Center put out the following press release:Continue Reading Supreme Court Denies Cert in Murphy v. IRS

Attorneys working with the National Whistleblower Center have filed the reply brief in response to the Solicitor General’s brief regarding whether certiorari should be granted in a key Whistleblower/Civil Rights tax case that was filed with the Supreme Court by attorneys. The case is Murphy v. IRS, No. 07-802 (Supreme Court).

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The principal issue is whether the IRS can tax as “income” plaintiffs’ court awards for non-physical compensatory damages, such as “make whole” awards for emotional distress and loss of reputation.
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AG Michael MukaseySenator Charles Grassley
Yesterday, January 30, 2008, in a Senate Judiciary Committee DOJ Oversight hearing, Senator Charles Grassley (above, right) had some tough questions for Attorney General Michael Mukasey. Notably, Senator Grassley, a longtime critic of FBI policies and actions against whistleblowers, asked the AG about Special Agent Bassem Youssef, who has exposed serious misconduct in the war on terror.

In his full written questions, Senator Grassley, citing an October 2007 letter to Mukasey sent by Mr. Youssef’s attorney, Stephen Kohn, says:

"Special Agent Youssef, through his counsel, provided my office with a
copy of a ten page letter (dated October 11, 2007) filed with your
office detailing threats to our nation’s security caused by the failure
of the FBI to hire and promote subject matter experts within the FBI’s
counterterrorism division. The examples set forth in that letter are
extremely troubling.  [Mr. Chairman, I ask that the letter be placed in
the record.]

What action has your office taken to investigate the issues and concerns
raised in Mr. Youssef’s October 11, 2007 letter?

Do you plan to seek an independent review of Youssef’s allegations about how lack of expertise among FBI managers is hindering its
counterterrorism efforts?  Why or why not?"

He goes on to ask Mr. Mukasey about the abuses related to National Security Letters program, of which Mr. Youssef has firsthand knowledge, and has been a vocal critic.

You can read all of Senator’s Grassley’s tough questions for Attorney General Mukasey after the jump…

Continue Reading Senator Grassley Demands Answers On Youssef Allegations from Attorney General Mukasey

Early this morning, Stephen Kohn gave a 10 minute interview which provided some insight into the case of FBI counterterrorism whistleblower Bassem Youssef. For those of you who don’t live in the DC area or who (like me) were not awake early enough to catch this interview, you can listen to it by clicking here.