Guest Column: Real federal whistleblower protections in sight

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By The Staff

Congress is getting serious about attacking government corruption sustained by secrecy and enforced by fear.Before Christmas, the Senate unanimously matched House approval of legislation reviving the moribund Whistleblower Protection Act. The House and Senate versions need to be speedily reconciled and enacted.This would give federal employees genuine legal rights to be honest public servants on the job.Currently, they often face the daunting choice of acting conscientiously, risking their career and livelihood, or toeing the bureaucratic line, turning a blind eye to waste, fraud and abuse.Whistleblowers use freedom of speech to challenge abuses of power that betray the public trust.They change the course of history by refusing to sacrifice their own principles, unwilling to go along with corruption.Consider the work of recent federal whistleblowers. FDA scientist David Graham’s disclosures forced market withdrawal of the painkiller Vioxx, which caused more than 40,000 fatal U.S.

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