The Brennan Center and 48 other civil rights organizations sent a letter to both houses of Congress urging restoration of whistleblower protections for Intelligence Community contractors. Despite a long track record of success, these protections were rolled back in 2012. These employees are currently defenseless against retaliation when they disclose government waste, fraud, abuse, gross mismanagement or a violation of law. The groups urge restoration of whistleblower protections in order to better protect taxpayer dollars, our country, and Americans’ privacy.
Restoration of these protections would help to safeguard billions of taxpayer dollars in government contracts, grants and reimbursements annually, groups said, and would incentivize contractor whistleblowers to work within the system through legally protected public disclosures.