Government Accountability Project

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.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
OSC Report Substantiates Allegations of Defective Hydraulic Pumps in New Orleans
An independent evaluation released in June by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), relying on the assessment of an independent engineer, has determined that there are serious safety and reliability issues with hydraulic pumps that were installed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. These pumps are designed, in case of emergency, to move flood water away from the city to the lake side of the floodgates. Despite repeated internal reports that the pumps were faulty, the U.S.
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Friday, July 31, 2009
Statement of Government Accountability Project on Merit Systems Protection Board Appointments
The Government Accountability Project today offered unqualified praise for two appointments that President Obama made to lead the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. The Board is the administrative law forum that adjudicates employment appeals for federal employees, including Whistleblower Protection Act cases. The President selected as chair Susan Grundmann, general counsel for the National Federation of Federal Employees, ,and as vice chair Anne Wagner, whose experience includes 20 years as counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Public Demand for Federal Whistleblower Protection Unparalleled, Senate Mark-Up Wednesday
315 citizen organizations and corporations have signed an open letter to congressional leadership and President Obama supporting prompt passage of legislation to restore a credible Whistleblower Protection Act for federal employees. Many of the groups are members of the Make It Safe Coalition, which was created to support whistleblower rights. The organizational petition is particularly timely for a mark-up this Wednesday of the Senate's bill, S. 372, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009. A copy of the letter is available on GAP's Web site here:
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Federal Whistleblower Rights Finishes as Highest-Rated Recommendation for Obama’s Open Government Initiative
Last week, the Obama administration ended the period for public comment on its "Open Government Initiative," which sought independent ideas from the public about methods the administration could employ to increase overall government transparency, public participation, and public collaboration.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
MSPB Ruling Guts Whistleblower Protection Act
Yesterday, Tuesday June 23rd, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued a landmark ruling against whistleblowers in MacLean v. Department of Homeland Security . The decision effectively removes any remaining enforcement authority for the already-discredited Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). The MSPB's decision gives government agencies the power to issue regulations overriding the free speech rights contained within WPA.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Crucial Senate Hearing Tomorrow for Federal Employee Whistleblower Rights
Tomorrow, Thursday June 11, there will be a crucial Senate hearing on S. 372, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009. The hearing will take place at 2:30pm in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. It is being held by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia.
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Report Details Racial Discrimination at World Bank
Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) released a report that investigates and finds evidence of racial discrimination against black professional grade employees at the World Bank. The report, which documents the treatment of these employees in recruitment, retention and internal judicial decisions, finds that a race ceiling exists at the institution, and that the Bank's legal system fails to address racial discrimination adequately.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
OSC Finds Substantial Likelihood of National Security Vulnerability Involving Airlines
The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is commending the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for recently ordering Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood to investigate a whistleblowing disclosure of "gross mismanagement, abuse of authority, and substantial and specific danger to public safety at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)."
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Internal World Bank Report Finds Staff Fear Reprisal; Corruption Inadequately Addressed
The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank has released its Review of IDA Internal Controls, which reveals that the Bank's lending to poor countries does not effectively address fraud and corruption ("F&C"). The Government Accountability Project (GAP) notes that the IEG review of the IDA (International Development Association) also states that: "Staff fear reprisal for reporting infringements," and "reported improprieties are not followed up on and resolved in a timely manner."
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
New Report Urges FDA Clinical Trial Reform
Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) is releasing a new "white paper" report, The ABCs of Drug Safety: Accountability, Balance, and Citizen Empowerment , which focuses on the severe problems with the current system for conducting and regulating clinical trials. The report details the urgent need for reform.
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