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Air War: A Relentless Whistleblower Once More Girds for Battle Over Aviation Safety

To his supporters, former air marshal Robert MacLean personifies the best traits of whistleblowers, determined to expose the government's dirty laundry, even at high personal cost. To critics, he's an obsessive and even vindictive ex-federal employee who overstepped his bounds. Now he's battling over the need for secondary barriers to keep would-be intruders from reaching the cockpit.

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While Trump Made Nice With Putin in Helsinki, Alleged Russian Agent Charged in U.S. Court

There's a lot to digest from Helsinki this week. But don't miss this story happening not in Finland but in Washington. Mariia Butina, a 29-year-old Russian gun enthusiast, was arrested Sunday ....

Labor

Cone of Silence on Enforcement News from U.S. Labor Department

In November, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines against businesses with workers who were killed when they were pulled into a wood chipper, burned in a refinery fire and crushed in collapsing grain bins and construction trenches. In all, OSHA issued 33 enforcement news releases that month, [...]

Labor

Federal Agency That Protects Whistleblowers Accused of Retaliating Against One of its Own

Darrell Whitman, former whistleblower investigator for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration For nearly five years, Darrell Whitman was a federal investigator who probed whistleblowers’ complaints about being fired or otherwise punished for exposing alleged corporate misconduct. He wanted to help whistleblowers, viewing them as a crucial [...]

Labor

For Big Railroads, a Carload of Whistleblower Complaints

Mike Elliott, a former BNSF employee who sued the railroad for retaliation. (Photo by Michael Dwass) As both a veteran railroad worker and union official responsible for safety, Mike Elliott became alarmed when he learned of trouble-plagued train signals in his home state of Washington. Signals, he said, [...]

Labor

Watchdog Finds That Nearly 1 in 5 OSHA Whistleblower Probes Are Flawed

iStock photo Federal officials responsible for protecting whistleblowers and examining their claims of employer retaliation are mishandling nearly one in five of their investigations, a government watchdog reports. A review by the inspector general of the U.S. Labor Department found that 18 percent of the investigations by the [...]

Commentary

Silencing the Whistle-Blowers

Last week Pfc. Bradley Manning returned to court for his final pretrial hearing in the WikiLeaks case, an appearance that has renewed debate about how to balance the imperatives of national security against the rights of whistle-blowers. But while Private Manning’s ordeal has received exhaustive news coverage, it may ultimately [...]

Environment

Criminal Probe Spotlights Tree Poisoning to Make Way for Billboards

As long as there have been billboards, trees have been getting in the way. And billboard companies have been removing them--sometimes legally, sometimes not. Now a rash of alleged tree poisonings in Florida have implicated a top billboard company and sparked a criminal investigation. But it turns out that rogue behavior by billboard operators is nothing new.

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U.S. Orders Bank of America to Pay $930,000 for Illegally Firing Whistleblower

Labor Department officials have ordered Bank of America to pay damages and reinstate a former executive they say was illegally fired for reporting fraud at the company's Countrywide Financial Corp. unit. The award of $930,000 to former Countrywide vice president Eileen Foster follows a ruling by an administrative [...]

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Health Care Firm to Pay $150 Million for Defrauding U.S., State Agencies

Maxim Healthcare Services has agreed to pay $150 million to settle criminal and civil charges that it fraudulently overbilled federal and state health-care benefits programs. The Columbia, Md.,-based company also entered into a criminal deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office in Newark, which conditionally allows it to avoid [...]