According to a Senator Charles Grassley, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is potentially in violation of the anti-gag provision of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). Sen. Grassley brought this issue to the attention of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a February 10 letter.

In 2012, Sen. Grassley authored a provision

Today the National Whistleblower Center filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), in the case of Day v. Department of Homeland Security. At issue is whether the new definition of a protected disclosure set forth in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act will apply to cases pending and/or which arose before that law was passed.
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The Washington Post has published year-end articles that highlight three ongoing projects of the National Whistleblower Center.

In an article published on December 26, “Top 10 stories in the federal workforce in 2012“, The Washington Post cited the scandal involving FDA electronic spying on its own scientists who blew the whistle on agency misconduct. The Post ranked the FDA electronic spying scandal as the number 9 story that affected the federal workforce this past year. The NWC has been actively supporting the scientists who have sued the FDA for whistleblower retaliation and challenged the constitutionality of the FDA’s secret monitoring of the scientists’ personal and private emails.  As revealed by the NWC and the whistleblower scientists, the FDA targeted the whistleblowers for electronic surveillance by installing secret spyware on their computers.  The FDA captured confidential emails from the whistleblowers’ personal and private email accounts (such as Yahoo and Gmail accounts) and the FDA stole the whistleblowers’ confidential communications with their attorneys as well as communications with members of Congress, the Inspector General and others discussing the whistleblowers’ allegations of serious wrongdoing by the agency.

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