The Washington Independent published an article addressing the lack of protection offered to whistleblowers in the stimulus bill. The article quoted Stephen Kohn, who states: "The biggest defect in the current language in the House and Senate versions, is about blowing the whistle internally." The bill protects only employees that report wrongdoings to Congress or an Inspector General, but does not provide protection to those that make internal reports to their own employers. Protecting taxpayer money with strong oversight and accountability safeguards is of extreme importance, therefore Congress must provide adequate protection for all whistleblowers.
"Whistleblowers Vulnerable in Stimulus" by Daphne Eviatar
*Thelma Lizama (a NWC intern) contributed to this posting