FBI whistleblower Fred Whitehurst and an attorney for federal managers, Bill Bransford, spoke with Federal News Radio yesterday. They presented different sides of the argument about the Senate version of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), S. 372. Whitehurst decried the bill saying it, "returns control of the process back to the very organization that is being exposed, and that’s bizarre." Bransford supported the bill saying, "It was a very difficult problem that really was not capable of being fixed legislatively, but we tried. So you had this imperfect law, and, the result of it is, you get some really bad cases that come up before the federal circuit court of appeals . . .." Bransford said that he and the management-side Senior Executive Association (SEA) support S. 372. I find this curious since Bransford testified last summer to a Senate Committee saying that he opposed letting federal employee whistleblowers bring cases to a jury. Now he supports S. 372. I conclude that S. 372 does not provide any meaningful hope that whistleblowers could actually get to a jury. That is why the managers like it and the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) does not. Federal News Radio is providing MP3 files of its interviews. The NWC is providing an Action Alert page for those who want to express a call for effective protection, not S. 372.
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