September 18, 2021
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Whistleblowers in defense deserve better, say lawmakers

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In late 2014, McClatchy described daunting obstacles facing defense and intelligence whistleblowers, including delays and a battle between investigators and managers at the Pentagon inspector general’s office over the handling of reprisal claims.

In May of 2015, the Government Accountability Office said it also found long delays when it analyzed about 124 military whistleblower reprisal cases overseen by the Pentagon inspector general’s office.

The lawmakers asked Fine’s office to explain what reforms have been undertaken since.

“Retaliation against whistleblowers is alive and well at the Defense Department,” Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary committee, said by email. “Whistleblowers deserve fair treatment, free from reprisal, as the law provides. They should be encouraged to come forward, not be treated like skunks at a picnic.”

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging a government watchdog to tackle what it describes as “persistent, systemic” problems with the handling of defense and intelligence whistleblowers. Needless delays and “reprisal and misconduct” were cited within the inspector general’s office, the five lawmakers said in a letter sent last week to the Pentagon inspector…