Thursday, January 29, 2009

Corruption: Pelosi on whistleblowers

Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after permanent protections for federal 'whistleblowers' were added to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to strengthen its unprecedented accountability measures, and to continue to root out waste, fraud, and abuse in federal spending for years to come. This bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Congressmen Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Platts (R-PA), was passed by the House in the last Congress but never became law.

"We have worked for years to protect taxpayer dollars and improve services the federal government provides by protecting those most familiar with how the dollars are spent and the results achieved. Today, the worst economic downturn in decades requires recovery legislation of such a scope that these protections have become more critical than ever.

"It is inconceivable that the people's business had been conducted for so long without 'whistleblower' protections to encourage every public employee to do the right thing. In many cases, these whistleblowers save extraordinary sums of money, protect the integrity of research done in federal labs, and restore public confidence in the work of our nation.

"At last we have a President who believes we must both shine a bright light on our government and let the voices of those who speak the truth be heard loud and clear."

Source: Office of the Speaker of the House
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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