The move marks the second time in about a month that a member of Congress has called on whistleblowers to come forward. In February, Rep. Maxine Waters issued an open letter to potential whistleblowers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).The California Democrat asked agency employees who witness waste, fraud, abuse to contact her office.
Anyone thinking about becoming a whistleblower should speak to a whistleblower attorney first, said John Kostyack, director of the National Whistleblower Center
“Given the complex set of laws and procedures governing whistleblowing, and given the risk of retaliation for speaking out, whistleblowers should get assistance with protecting confidentiality and anonymity and potentially receiving financial rewards for assisting law enforcement with addressing wrongdoing and recovering civil and criminal penalties,” Kostyack said.
The transportation committee website allows employees to submit anonymously. The website reads:
“Whistleblowers have identified wasteful spending, mismanagement by government officials and private entities, improved the safety of airlines and other modes of transportation, helped to ensure the integrity of critical projects, and saved lives. If you have information to share regarding concerns about programs, projects, conflicts-of-interest or incidents that fall within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure please contact us.”
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