When scientific research is altered or suppressed, government contractors waste millions of taxpayer dollars, or national security documents are falsified, witnesses need to know that they can blow the whistle without reprisals endangering their careers and their lives.
Unfortunately, that is not the case today.
We are close to ending retaliation against those who speak up against abuses – and the unmistakable, chilling message that reprisals against whistleblowers sends to all employees that they should keep quiet, or else.
Last year, strong whistleblower protection bills were passed in both houses of Congress. Now it’s time for Congress to finish the job by passing a final bill.
Show your support for honesty and accountability! Demand that your members of Congress put politics aside to finalize and pass a strong bill to protect government employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse. Please take a minute to personalize the letter below.
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