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Government Operations committee  I think there are two common themes. One is the whistle-blower's motive for speaking out. That's universal. Whether it's something we put a positive or a negative value judgment on, they had to exercise those free speech rights in order to be true to themselves. If they hadn't acted on their knowledge, for better or worse, for good or bad reasons, it would have haunted them for the rest of their lives.

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Tom Devine

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Tom Devine

Government Operations committee  I was able to cover all the points in the best practices that I thought were particularly significant. One additional loophole, however, is that the law does not cover all the whistle-blowers who have significant evidence to disclose. The law doesn't cover intelligence agencies or people in the military.

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Tom Devine

Government Operations committee  Thank you. Yes. There's a much higher volume of whistle-blowing disclosures when you don't have those arbitrary restrictions. Whistle-blowers have probably been the most dynamic political force in the United States in recent years, at least at the level of individual issues, if not elections.

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Tom Devine

Government Operations committee  Thank you, sir. Without disciplinary accountability, there is no deterrent value to the law. There has been no discipline in over a decade with this law, or credible corrective action, which is the primary cause for a chilling effect, even more so than fear of retaliation. There has been no significant corrective action in over a decade with this law.

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Tom Devine

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Tom Devine

Government Operations committee  Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. It's an honour to be participating today. Whistle-blower protection is really riding the wave of a global legal revolution. Thirty-five nations and six intergovernmental organizations, including the UN, the OAS, and the World Bank now have whistle-blower protection policies.

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Tom Devine