UPDATED 6:36 AM EDT, April 9, 2013 | EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — A United Nations whistleblower who won his case alleging corruption in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Kosovo but received only 2 percent of the $2.2 million he sought in damages and costs asked the U.S. government Monday to withhold 15 percent of its payments to the global organization.
James Wasserstrom, an American citizen, alleged corruption involving senior officials in the U.N. peacekeeping operation in Kosovo in 2007 and was awarded $65,000 by the U.N.'s Dispute Tribunal last month. He is now a senior anti-corruption adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
Federal prosecutors and whistleblowers used the False Claims Act to help recover over the last year another $4.9 billion in taxpayer money that had been lost to fraud, bringing the total recoveries under the landmark law to more than $35 billion since the mid-1980s.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced the latest statistics on Tuesday, saying the False Claims Act was one of the most potent weapons in protecting taxpayers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Tuesday that affords greater protection to federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuse in government operations.
Capping a 13-year effort by supporters of whistle-blower rights, the new law closes loopholes created by court rulings, which removed protections for federal whistle-blowers. One loophole specified that whistle-blowers were only protected when they were the first to report misconduct.
The law makes it easier to punish supervisors who try to retaliate against the government workers.
Security guards at a Tennessee nuclear weapons plant where security was recently breached got advance copies of exam questions designed to test their protection capabilities, an internal investigation has confirmed.
Energy Department Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman's office reported Wednesday the questions were widely distributed in August before an upcoming test of the contractor guards at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is providing protection for whistle-blowers in the national security arena so that they can report waste, fraud and abuse without fear of retaliation.
The president has signed a policy directive providing the protection because legislation in Congress has not done so. A rewrite of the whistle-blower protection law is in the Senate. House Republicans removed the proposed protection for those involved in national security.
The House of Representatives on Monday sued Attorney General Eric Holder to try to force him to turn over government memos on the bungled Fast and Furious gun investigation, setting up an election-season showdown between Republicans and the administration that will play out in the courts.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives missed numerous opportunities to shut down a wayward gun-running investigation in 2010 and prevent hundreds of semiautomatic weapons bought in the United States from flowing across the border into Mexico’s violent drug wars, a joint congressional investigation has concluded.
The Justice Department has withheld from Congress memos showing that senior officials inside the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began preparing as early as February 2011 to treat the agents who unmasked the bungled Fast and Furious gun operation as whistleblowers.