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Tom Devine, '80, helps lead Bi-Partisan Protection for Whistleblowers

Thursday, June 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Tom Devine, '80, at right, testifying before Congress

WASHINGTON – The leadership of the whistleblower rights coalition, the Make It Safe Coalition (MISC), today praised Congress for unanimous passage of the Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act, S. 1869. On June 14, Congress sent the legislation to President Trump for his signature.

The bill makes permanent a pilot program requiring ombudsman-style whistleblower protection coordinators in all Offices of Inspectors General to provide guidance and counseling on rights and responsibilities in the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). In the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012, Congress created the pilot program. MISC has been advocating its adoption over the last year. 

Tom Devine '80, UDC Law Whistleblower Clinic Director and longtime Government Accountability Project legal director, commented, “This legislation makes permanent the infrastructure for Whistleblower Protection Act rights to take root. It also is Iowa’s good government gift to taxpayers. Senator Grassley and Representative Blum lead the Senate and House Whistleblower Caucuses. This law reflects long-term, bi-partisan commitments to whistleblowers.”

Read the Make it Safe Coalition press release HERE.


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