VA settles reprisal complaints of three whistleblowers

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With help from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) three Veterans Affairs whistleblowers received “full and fair relief’ for reprisals experienced after they brought to light abuses at the VA hospital in Phoenix.  They are Dr. Katherine Mitchell, Paula Pedene, and Damian Reese. Mitchell and Pedene, who were removed from their jobs, have been given new assignments. Reese, who received negative performance reviews, will remain in her position as program analyst.

MacLean garners impressive support in Supreme Court case

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Robert MacLean at Sept. 9 Congressional hearing.

Robert MacLean at Sept. 9 Congressional hearing.

Last week, supporters filed eight more “friend of the court” (amicus curiae) briefs in support of Robert MacLean, the whistleblowing former air marshal whose case, DHS v. MacLean, is now before the US Supreme Court.

Hearing examines health of federal whistleblowing, finds alarming changes

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Hearing witnesses Robert MacLean, Dr. Robert Van Boven and Tom Devine. Sept 9, 2014.

Hearing witnesses Robert MacLean, Dr. Robert Van Boven and Tom Devine. Sept 9, 2014.

At a hearing on Capitol Hill last Tuesday, witnesses delivered a combination of good news and dire predictions in testimonies on the state of whistleblowing in the federal government. The hearing, “Examining the Administration’s Treatment of Whistleblowers,” was held September 9 by the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Federal Census.

Snowden granted 3 years residency in Russia

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The Russian government has granted intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden a residence permit, valid for up to three years from August 1. Snowden previously had been granted a one-year grant of temporary political asylum that expired July 31. Residency status, says Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, allows him to travel freely in Russia, go abroad for not more than three months, and apply for citizenship if he desires.  Until now, Snowden has been unable to seek asylum in another country because the U.S. State Department revoked his American passport on June 22, 2013, trapping him in Russia as he was passing through Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.