The Fix Is IN-DOD Is Punishing Whistleblowers More Often and With Impunity, IG Says - Defense One
Lawmakers and advocates say Trump’s attacks on the whistleblower that kicked off his impeachment will do long-lasting harm.
The watchdog for the federal government’s largest agency said on Tuesday that managers are increasingly retaliating against whistleblowers with impunity, while advocates for those employees told lawmakers individuals are now less likely to speak out against waste and wrongdoing due to President Trump’s reaction to his impeachment.
Officials at the Defense Department are not taking action when the inspector general validates allegations of whistleblower reprisal, Glenn Fine, who is currently performing the duties of the Pentagon’s IG, told a panel of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. He called it critical that management take prompt remedial action and called on Congress to take action when the department fails to do so.