For Immediate Release
National Whistleblower Assembly Starts Monday
Participants Include Serpico, Ellsberg, Van Hollen, Rowley
WASHINGTON - The Government Accountability
Project (GAP) and a coalition of public interest organizations are proud
this year's National Whistleblower Assembly, taking place this Monday
Tuesday on Capitol Hill. This year's conference is chalked full of noted
politicians, key government officials, and an all-star line up of famous
whistleblowers. Cosponsors of the event include the American Federation
Government Employees, Federal Law Enforcement Officer's Association,
Treasury Employees Union, Project On Government Oversight, Semmelweis
International, and the Make It Safe Coalition.
The aim of this year's
conference is to raise
awareness and build public support for the passing of the Whistleblower
Protection Enhancement Act, currently stalled in the Senate.
All events will take
place at either the Capitol Visitors
Center, Rayburn House Office
congressional rooms, or the Stewart R. Mott House (two minutes walking
Visitors Center). Prominent guests that will
speak at conference events include:
- NYPD whistleblower whose story is memorialized by the
film that shares his name. Serpico will give opening remarks at the
conference's plenary session the morning of Monday, May 24.
Chris Van Hollen - Democratic Representative from Maryland and a
longtime champion of whistleblower rights. Van Hollen will also
the plenary session.
Special Counsel to President Obama for Ethics and
Government Reform. *Eisen is invited to speak at the plenary
FBI whistleblower who detailed intelligence breakdowns in
relation to the 9/11 attacks, and Time Magazine's "Person of
the Year" in 2002. Rowley will participate in a luncheon panel on
National Security issues at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 24.
- The patriarch of modern whistleblowing,
his disclosures (the Pentagon Papers) as a Rand Corporation/DoD
exposed deceit and concealment involving the government's handling
of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg will provide the closing remarks of
conference at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25.
- Key officials
from federal agencies related to whistleblowing - including the
Merit Systems Protection Board, Administrative Review Board, and
Occupational Safety and Health Administration - will be available
a "Meet the New Appointments" session from at 5 p.m. on
Monday, May 24.
For a full list of
participants and a working schedule
of events, please click
Members of the media are
encouraged to reserve their
spot at the conference by contacting GAP Communications Director Dylan
Blaylock at email@example.com.
For more information regarding any aspect of the conference, please
GAP's Becky Jones at 202.457.0034, ext. 127, or supportwhistleblowers@gmail.
Whistleblower Assembly is open to the
public and free of charge. The Capitol
is located at E Capitol St NE & 1st St
NE. The Stewart R. Mott House is located
at 122 Maryland Ave NE.
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The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is a 30-year-old nonprofit public interest group that promotes government and corporate accountability by advancing occupational free speech, defending whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists. We pursue this mission through our Nuclear Safety, International Reform, Corporate Accountability, Food & Drug Safety, and Federal Employee/National Security programs. GAP is the nation's leading whistleblower protection organization.