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Tell the Obama Administration to Demand Whistleblower Protection!

By The Make it Safe Coalition (MISC)  Posted by James Murtagh (about the submitter)   No comments
Dear Op Ed Readers, and Friends of Good Government: Please Send Your Vote To President Obama Today: Vote online for Whistleblower Protection!
The Obama administration has launched their Open Government Dialogue, and is accepting "ideas" from the general public to weigh in on this initiative, similar to the Obama transition team's Idea forum.
This project was recently announced, and unfortunately ends tomorrow!
In light of the limited notice, the Whistleblower Protection Act sign-on letter was posted as an "idea" to demonstrate the breadth of support for this well established transparency measure. Please take a couple of minutes to vote for this idea, and please consider sharing it with your other networks as well.
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How to vote:
1)Go to <click here with your email and create a password.
3)Verify your email address from the email they send you.
4) On the upper right-hand side, under Search Ideas, type in "Federal Whistleblower Protection," or "755" (this is the number of the idea). Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Federal Whistleblower Protection"
5)On the upper left hand side of the "idea", click on the “This looks promising” vote option to cast your vote!

Join 292 Organizations and Corporations Supporting Swift Action to 
Restore Strong, Comprehensive Whistleblower Rights 
May 15, 2009 
An Open Letter to President Obama and Members of Congress 
The undersigned organizations and corporations write to support the completion of  the landmark, nine-year legislative effort to restore credible whistleblower rights for  government employees. We offer our support to expeditiously pass legislation that includes  the critical reforms listed below.  Whistleblower protection is a foundation for any change in  which the public can believe. It does not matter whether the issue is economic recovery,  prescription drug safety, environmental protection, infrastructure spending, national health  insurance, or foreign policy. We need conscientious public servants willing and able to call  attention to waste, fraud and abuse on behalf of the taxpayers.  
Unfortunately, every month that passes has very tangible consequences for federal  government whistleblowers, because none have viable rights. Last year, on average, 16  whistleblowers a month lost initial decisions from administrative hearings at the Merit  Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Since 2000, only three out of 53 whistleblowers have  received final rulings in their favor from the MSPB. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals,  the only court which can hear federal whistleblower appeals of administrative decisions, has  consistently ruled against whistleblowers, with whistleblowers winning only three cases out  of 209 since October 1994 when Congress last strengthened the law.     It is crucial that Congress restore and modernize the Whistleblower Protection Act by passing all of the following reforms:  
o Grant employees the right to a jury trial in federal court; 
o Extend meaningful protections to FBI and intelligence agency whistleblowers; 
o Strengthen protections for federal contractors, as strong as those provided to DoD 
contractors and grantees in last year's defense authorization legislation; 
o Extend meaningful protections to Transportation Security Officers (screeners); 
o Neutralize the government's use of the “state secrets” privilege; 
o Bar the MSPB from ruling for an agency before whistleblowers have the opportunity 
to present evidence of retaliation; 
o Provide whistleblowers the right to be made whole, including compensatory 
o Grant comparable due process rights to employees who blow the whistle in the course of a government investigation or who refuse to violate the law; and 
o Remove the Federal Circuit's monopoly on precedent-setting cases. 
We know you share the commitment of every group signing the letter below to more transparency and accountability in government.  Please let us know how we can participate to make this good government reform law to protect federal whistleblowers and taxpayers.  
Marcel Reid, Chair 
Adele Kushner, Executive Director 
Action for a Clean Environment 
David Swanson, co-founder 
Pamela Miller, Director 
Alaska Community Action on Toxics 
Dan Lawn, President 
Alaska Forum on Environmental 
Cindy Shogun, Executive Director 
Alaska Wilderness League 
Ruth Caplan 
Alliance for Democracy 
Susan Gordon, Director 
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability 
Rochelle Becker, Executive Director 
Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility 
Gil Mileikowsky, M.D. 
Alliance for Patient Safety 
Linda Lipsen, Senior Vice President for Public 
American Association for Justice (AAJ) 
Mary Alice Baish, Director, Government 
Relations Office 
American Association of Law Libraries 
F. Patricia Callahan, President and General 
American Association of Small Property 
John W. Curtis, Ph.D., Director of Research and 
Public Policy 
American Association of University 
Christopher Finan, president 
American Booksellers Foundation for Free 
Caroline Fredrickson, Director, Washington 
Legislative Office 
American Civil Liberties Union 
Michael D. Ostrolenk 
American Conservative Defense Alliance 
Dr. Paul Connett, Executive Director 
American Environmental Health Studies 
Project, Inc. 
John Gage, National President 
American Federation of Government 
Charles M. Loveless, Director of Legislation 
American Federation of State, County & 
Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 
Mary Ellen McNish, General Secretary 
American Friends Service Committee 
Caitlin Love Hills, National Forest Program 
American Lands Alliance 
Jessica McGilvray, Assistant Director 
American Library Association 
Tom DeWeese, President 
American Policy Center 
Alexandra Owens, Executive Director 
American Society of Journalists and Authors 
Charlotte Hall, President 
American Society of Newspaper Editors 
Patricia Schroeder, President and CEO 
Association of American Publishers 
Prudence Adler, Associate Executive Director 
Association of Research Libraries 
Ms. Bobbie Paul, Executive Director 
Atlanta WAND (Women's Action for New 
Samuel H. Sage, President 
Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 
Jay Stewart, Executive Director 
Better Government Association 
Jay Feldman, Executive Director 
Beyond Pesticides 
Matthew Fogg, First Vice-President 
Blacks in Government 
Chip Pitts, President 
Bill of Rights Defense Committee 
Diane Wilson, President 
Calhoun County Resource Watch 
Jane Williams, Executive Director 
California Communities Against Toxics 
Peter Scheer, Executive Director 
California First Amendment Association 
Terry Franke, Executive Director 
Californians Aware 
Reece Rushing, Director of Regulatory and 
Information Policy 
Center for American Progress 
William Snape, Senior Counsel 
Center for Biological Diversity 
Charlie Cray, Director 
Center for Corporate Policy 
Gregory T. Nojeim, Senior Counsel and 
Director, Project on Freedom, Security & 
Center for Democracy and Technology 
J. Bradley Jansen, Director 
Center for Financial Privacy and Human 
Joseph Mendelson III, Legal Director 
Center for Food Safety 
Paul Kurtz, Chairman 
Center for Inquiry 
Robert E. White, President 
Center for International Policy 
Lawrence S. Ottinger, President 
Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest 
Merrill Goozner, Director 
Integrity in Science 
Center for Science in the Public Interest 
John Richard 
Center for Study of Responsive Law 
Linda Lazarus, Director 
Center to Advance Human Potential 
Craig Williams, Director 
Chemical Weapons Working Group & 
Common Ground 
Phil Fornaci, Counselor 
Leonard Akers 
Citizens Against Incineration at Newport 
Evelyn M. Hurwich, President and Chair 
Circumpolar Conservation Union 
David B. McCoy, Executive Director 
Citizen Action New Mexico 
Doug Bandow, Vice President for Policy 
Citizen Outreach 
Deb Katz, Executive Director 
Citizens Awareness Network 
Barbara Warren, Executive Director 
Citizens' Environmental Coalition 
Elaine Cimino 
Citizens for Environmental Safeguards 
James Turner, Chairman of the Board 
Citizens for Health 
Michael McCormack, Executive Director 
Citizens for Health Educational Foundation 
Gerard Beloin 
Citizens for Judicial Reform 
Laura Olah, Executive Director 
Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger 
Anne Hemenway, Treasurer 
Citizen's Vote, Inc. 
Rick Piltz 
Climate Science Watch 
John Judge 
Coalition on Political Assassinations 
9/11 Research Project 
Zena Crenshaw, 2nd Vice-Chair 
3.5.7 Commission on Judicial Reform 
Sarah Dufendach, Vice President for Legislative 
Common Cause 
Greg Smith, Co-Founder 
Community Research 
Clarissa Duran, Director 
Community Service Organization del Norte 
Neil Cohen, Publisher  
Computer Law Reporter, Inc. 
Joni Arends, Executive Director 
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety 
Lokesh Vuyyuru, MD, Founder 
Concerned Citizens of Petersburg 
Daniel Hirsch, Member, Executive Committee 
Concerned Foreign Service Officers 
Matthew Fogg, President 
Congress Against Racism & Corruption in 
Law Enforcement (CARCLE) 
Linda Sherry, Director of National Priorities 
Consumer Action 
Ellen Bloom, Director of Federal Policy 
Ami Gadhia, Policy Counsel 
Consumers Union 
Bob Shavelson, Director 
Cook Inlet Keeper 
Neil Takemoto, Director 
CoolTown Betta Communities 
Tonya Hennessey, Project Director 
Louis Wolf, Co-Founder 
CovertAction Quarterly 
John Issacs, Executive Director 
Council for a Livable World 
Anne Weismann, Chief Counsel 
CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics 
in Washington 
Cathy Harris, Founder, Executive Director 
Customs Employees Against Discrimination 
Miho Kim, Executive Director 
Mary Elizabeth Beetham, Director of Legislative 
Defenders of Wildlife 
Sue Udry, Director 
Defending Dissent Foundation 
Bob Fertik, President 
Paul E. Almeida, President 
Department for Professional Employees, 
Courtney Dillard, Founder 
Dillard-Winecoff Boutique Hotel 
Ben Smilowitz, Director 
Disaster Accountability Project 
Dr. Patrick Campbell 
Doctors against Fraud 
Dr. Disamodha Amarasinghe 
Doctors for National Healthcare 
James J. Murtagh, Jr., Co-Chair 
International Association of Whistleblowers 
Dr. John Raviotta 
Doctors for Reform of JCAHO 
Marco Simons, Legal Director 
EarthRights International 
Bruce Baizel, Senior Staff Attorney 
Larry Chang, Founder 
Thea Harvey, Executive Director 
Economists for Peace and Security 
Lisa Walker, Executive Director 
Education Writers Association 
Mike Ewoll, Founder and Director 
Energy Justice Network 
Gregory Hile 
Chuck Broscious, President 
Environmental Defense Institute 
Carol Werner 
Environmental and Energy Study Institute 
Judith Robinson, Director of Programs 
Environmental Health Fund 
Eric Shaeffer, Executive Director 
Environmental Integrity Project 
Peter Montague, Ph.D, Director 
Environmental Research Foundation 
Jason Zuckerman 
The Employment Law Group 
Rob Weissman 
Essential Information 
George Anderson 
Ethics in Government Group (EGG) 
Bob Cooper 
Evergreen Public Affairs 
Gabe Bruno 
FAA Whistleblowers Alliance 
Robert Richie, Executive Director  
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative 
Federally Employed Women (FEW) 
Steven Aftergood, Project Director 
Federation of American Scientists 
Marilyn Fitterman, Vice President 
Feminists for Free Expression 
Ellen Donnett, Administrative Director 
Fluoride Action Network 
Andrew D. Jackson 
Focus-On-Indiana for Judicial Reform 
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director 
Food and Water Watch 
Bob Darby, Coordinator 
Food Not Bombs/Atlanta 
Andy Stahl 
Forest Service Employees for Environmental 
Ethics (FSEEE) 
Tom Ferguson 
Foundation for Global Community/Atlanta 
Ruth Flower, Legislative Director 
Friends Committee on National Legislation 
Brent Blackwelder, President 
Friends of the Earth 
Conrad Martin, Executive Director 
Fund for Constitutional Government 
Gail Naftalin, Owner 
Gail's Vegetarian Catering 
Karyn Jones, Director 
Gwen Marshall, Co-Chairman 
Georgians for Open Government 
Neil Tangri 
Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance 
Denny Larson, Executive Director 
Global Community Monitor 
Reede Stockton 
Global Exchange 
Paul F. Walker, Ph.D., Legacy Program Director 
Global Green USA 
(The US Affiliate of Green Cross International, 
Mikhail Gorbachev, Chairman) 
Bill Owens, President 
The Glynn Environmental Coalition 
Tom Devine, legal director 
Government Accountability Project 
Bill Hedden, Executive Director 
Grand Canyon Trust 
Molly Johnson, Area Coordinator 
Grandmothers for Peace, San Luis Obispo 
County Chapter 
Alexis Baden-Mayer 
Grassroots Netroots Alliance 
Luci Murphy 
Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Washington 
Alan Muller 
Green Delaware 
Jenefer Ellingston 
Green Party of the United States 
Tracy Frisch 
Greenwich Citizens Committee 
James C. Turner, Executive Director 
HALT, Inc. -- An Organization of Americans 
for Legal Reform 
Tom Carpenter, Executive Director 
Hanford Challenge 
Arthur S. Shoor, President 
Healthcare Consultants 
Helen Salisbury, M.D. 
Health Integrity Project 
Vanessa Pierce, Executive Director 
Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah 
(HEAL Utah) 
Gerry Pollet 
Heart of America Northwest 
Ernie Reed, Council Chair 
Liz Havstad, Chief of Staff 
Hip Hop Caucus 
Doug Tjapkes, President 
Humanity for Prisoners 
Keith Robinson, Interim President 
Indiana Coalition for Open Government 
Scott Armstrong, Executive Director 
Information Trust 
Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D., President 
Institute for Energy and Environmental 
Brenda Platt, Co-Director 
Institute for Local Self-Reliance 
Donald Soeken, President 
Integrity International 
Michael McCray, Esq., Co-Chair 
International Association of Whistleblowers 
Mory Atashkar, Vice President 
Iranian American Democratic Association 
Mark S. Zaid 
James Madison Project 
John Metz, Executive Director 
Brett Kimberlin, Director 
Justice Through Music 
Elizabeth Crowe, Director 
Kentucky Environmental Foundation 
Tom FitzGerald, Director 
Kentucky Resources Council, Inc. 
Kit Wood, Owner 
Kit's Catering 
James Love 
Knowledge Ecology International 
Josephine Carol Cicchini 
Jonathon Moseley, Executive Director 
Legal Affairs Council 
James Plummer 
Liberty Coalition 
Greg Mello, Executive Director 
Los Alamos Study Group 
Dr. Janette Parker 
Medical Whistleblower 
Ayize Sabater, Organizer 
Mentors of Minorities in Education's Total 
Learning Cic-Tem 
Jill McElheney, Founder 
Micah's Mission 
Ministry to Improve Childhood & Adolescent 
Ellen Smith, Owner and Managing Editor 
Mine Safety and Health News 
Mary Treacy, Executive Director 
The Minnesota Coalition on Government 
Helen Haskell 
Mothers Against Medical Error 
Mark Cohn, President 
MPD Productions, Inc. 
James Landrith, Founder 
The Multiracial Activist 
Larry Fisher, Founder 
National Accountant Whistleblower Coalition 
Tinsley H. Davis, Executive Director 
National Association of Science Writers 
Jim L. Jorgenson, Deputy Executive Director 
National Association of Treasury Agents 
Dominick DellaSala, Ph.D., Executive Director 
of Programs and Chief Scientist 
National Center for Conservation Science & 
Joan E. Bertin, Esq., Executive Director 
National Coalition Against Censorship 
Eileen Dannemann, Director 
National Coalition of Organized Women 
Russell Hemenway, President 
National Committee for an Effective Congress 
Sally Greenberg, Executive Director 
National Consumers League 
Terisa E. Chaw, Executive Director 
National Employment Lawyers Association 
Andrew Jackson 
National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law 
Project, Inc. 
Kim Gandy, President 
National Organization for Women 
Paul Brown, Government Relations Manager 
National Research Center for Women & 
Sibel Edmonds, President and Founder 
National Security Whistleblowers Coalition 
Pete Sepp, Vice President for Policy & 
National Taxpayers Union 
Colleen M. Kelley, National President 
National Treasury Employees Union 
Steve Kohn, President 
National Whistleblower Center 
Amy Allina 
National Women's Health Network 
Lewis Maltby, President 
National Workrights Institute  
Terrie Smith, Director 
National Nuclear Workers For Justice 
Tim Hermach, President 
Native Forest Council 
Doug Kagan, Chairman  
Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom 
Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director 
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social 
Justice Lobby 
Ron Marshall, Chairman 
New Grady Coalition 
Rick Engler, Director 
New Jersey Work Environment Council 
Douglas Meiklejohn, J.D., Executive Director 
New Mexico Environmental Law Center 
Caroline Heldman Ph.D., Director 
New Orleans Women's Shelter 
Marsha Coleman-Abedayo, Chair 
No FEAR Coalition 
Nina Bell, J.D., Executive Director 
Northwest Environmental Advocates 
Alice Slater, Director 
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, New York 
David A. Kraft, Director 
Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) 
Michael Mariotte, Executive Director 
Nuclear Information and Resource Service 
Jay Coghlan, Executive Director 
Nuclear Watch New Mexico 
Gwen Lachelt, Executive Director 
Oil & Gas Accountability Project 
Sean Moulton, Director, Federal Information 
OMB Watch 
Nikuak Rai, Arts Director 
One Common Unity 
Rob Kall 
Op Ed News 
Patrice McDermott, Executive Director 
Paul Loney, President 
Oregon Wildlife Federation 
Ellen Paul, Executive Director 
The Ornithological Council 
Joe Carson, Chair 
P. Jeffrey Black, Co-Chair 
OSC Watch Steering Committee 
Judy Norsigian, Executive Director 
Our Bodies Ourselves 
Betsy Combier, President and Editor 
Ashley Katz, MSW, Executive Director 
Patient Privacy Rights 
Blake Moore 
Patient Quality Care Project 
Dianne Parker 
Patient Safety Advocates 
Former Special Agent Darlene Fitzgerald 
Patrick Henry Center 
Paul Kawika Martin, Organizing, Political and 
PAC Director 
Peace Action & Peace Action Education Fund 
Bennett Haselton, Founder 
Rev. Paul Alexander, Ph.D., Director 
Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & 
Michael McCally, MD, PhD, Executive Director 
Physicians for Social Responsibility 
Dale Nathan, J.D., President 
Vina Colley, President 
Portsmouth/Piketon Residents for 
Environmental Safety and Security (PRESS) 
David Banisar, Director, FOI Project 
Privacy International 
Evan Hendricks, Editor/Publisher 
Privacy Times 
Robert Bulmash, President 
Private Citizen, Inc. 
Ronald J Riley, President 
Professional Inventor's Alliance 
Dr. Paul Lapides 
Professors for Integrity 
Tim Carpenter, Director 
Progressive Democrats of America 
Danielle Brian, Executive Director 
Project On Government Oversight 
Ellen Thomas, Executive Director 
Proposition One Committee 
David Arkush, Director, Congress Watch 
Public Citizen 
Jeff Ruch, Executive Director 
Public Employees for Environmental 
Robert L. FitzPatrick, President 
Pyramid Scheme Alert 
Dr. Diana Post, President 
Rachel Carson Council, Inc. 
Lucy A. Dalglish, Executive Director 
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the 
Kirsten Moore, President and CEO 
Reproductive Health Technologies Project 
Tim Little, Executive Director 
Rose Foundation for Communities and the 
John W. Whitehead, president 
The Rutherford Institute 
Adrienne Anderson, Coordinator 
Safe Water Colorado and Nuclear Nexus 
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center 
(Whistleblower Anderson v Metro Wastewater) 
Angela Smith, Coordinator 
Seattle Healthy Environment Alliance (Seattle 
Dr. Blake Moore 
The Semmelweis Society International (SSI) 
Rufus Kinney 
Serving Alabama's Future Environment 
Ed Hopkins, Director of Environmental Quality 
Sierra Club 
Shane Jimerfield, Executive Director 
Siskiyou Project 
Gillian Caldwell, Campaign Director 
Andrea Shipley, Executive Director 
Snake River Alliance 
Matthew Petty, Executive Director 
The Social Sustenance Organization 
Dave Aekens, National President 
Society of Professional Journalists 
Laureen Clair 
SOL Communications Inc 
Amy B. Osborne, President 
Southeastern Chapter of the American 
Association of Law Libraries 
Don Hancock, Director of Nuclear Waste Safety 
Southwest Research and Information Center 
Donna Rosenbaum, Executive Director 
S.T.O.P. - Safe Tables Our Priority 
Mauro Oliveira 
Kevin Kuritzky 
The Student Health Integrity Project (SHIP) 
Daphne Wysham, Co-Director 
Sustainable Energy and Economy Network 
Jeb White, Executive Director 
Taxpayers Against Fraud 
Alec McNaughton 
Team Integrity 
Ken Paff, National Organizer 
Teamsters for a Democratic Union 
Thad Guyer, Partner 
T.M. Guyer & Ayers & Friends 
Peter Barnes 
Tomales Bay Institute 
Marylia Kelley, Executive Director 
Tri-Valley CAREs 
Communities Against a Radioactive 
Paul Taylor 
Truckers Justice Center 
Francesca Grifo, Ph.D., Director 
Scientific Integrity Program 
Union of Concerned Scientists 
Dane von Breichenruchardt, President 
U.S. Bill of Rights Foundation 
Dr. Joseph Parish 
U.S. Environmental Watch 
Gary Kalman, Director, Federal Legislative 
U.S. Public Interest Research Group 
Nick Mangieri, President 
Valor Press, Ltd. 
Brad Friedman, co-founder 
Velvet Revolution 
Dr. Jeffrey Fudin, Founder 
Veterans Affairs Whistleblowers Coalition 
Sonia Silbert, Co-Director 
Washington Peace Center 
Nada Khader, Foundation Director 
WESPAC Foundation 
Janine Blaeloch, Director 
Western Lands Project 
Gloria G. Karp, Co-Chair 
Westchester Progressive Forum 
Greg Costello, Executive Director 
Western Environmental Law Center 
Mabel Dobbs, Chair 
Livestock Committee 
Western Organization of Resource Councils 
Ann Harris, Executive Director 
We the People, Inc 
Janet Chandler, Co-Founder 
Whistleblower Mentoring Project 
Dan Hanley 
Whistleblowing United Pilots Association 
Linda Lewis, Director 
Whistleblowers USA 
John C. Horning,  Executive Director 
WildEarth Guardians 
George Nickas, Executive Director 
Wilderness Watch 
Tracy Davids, Executive Director 
Wild South 
Scott Silver, Executive Director 
Wild Wilderness 
Kim Witczak 
Tom Z. Collina, Executive Director 
20/20 Vision 
Paula Brantner, Executive Director 
Workplace Fairness 
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