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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 ....


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

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration hasn’t issued a single news release about penalties or other enforcement actions by federal authorities since Inauguration Day 2017. The same goes for a second Department of Labor division, Wage and Hour.


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

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. Now he is blowing the whistle himself.


For Big Railroads, a Carload of Whistleblower Complaints

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.


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

A review by the inspector general of the U.S. Labor Department found that 18 percent of the investigations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration lack one or more of seven “essential elements.”


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 [...]


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 [...]

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Union Pacific Told to Pay $615,000 for Retaliation Against 3 Workers

Union Pacific Railroad faces penalties of more than $615,000 based on a finding by federal authorities that the company fired two workers, and suspended another, in retaliation for reporting workplace safety concerns and a work-related injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration called for Omaha-based Union Pacific to pay $400,000 [...]

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Regulators Probe Whether Utility Ignored Warnings of Potential Gas Leaks

California regulators have begun looking into allegations that Pacific Gas & Electric ignored warnings from the company’s former manager of investigations about  “potentially explosive gas leaks.” The preliminary state probe is yet another examination of the company’s safety practices in the years before the explosion last September of a PG&E [...]

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OSHA Unveils Plans to Boost Protection of Whistleblowers

Facing sharp criticism of its whistleblower protection program, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced measures to improve training and avoid long delays in completing investigations. The program has been ripped by the Labor Department's inspector general and by the Government Accountability Office which, in a report released [...]

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Bill Seeks to Restrict Corporate Whistleblowers in Financial Cases

House Republicans have launched a business-backed effort to block corporate whistleblowers from going directly to financial regulators with reports of wrongdoing. At the center of the effort is a bill drafted to amend last year's Dodd-Frank financial oversight law by requiring whistleblowers to report problems internally before going to the [...]

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Despite Whistleblowers, Energy Companies Cheat U.S. on Royalties

Whistleblowers have helped authorities collect more than a half-billion dollars since 2000 from energy companies that underpaid the royalties they owed for drilling on federal lands or in U.S. coastal waters. But, as the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News reports, the amount of unpaid royalties is thought to be [...]