Wednesday, November 20, 2019

National Whistleblower Day

It's been bothering me for months. Why did ODNI, which recently changed whistleblower guidance re 2ndhand info, backdate its website from September 2019 to August 2019?

thefederalist.com/2019/10/16/sen… 
I see that July 30, 2019 is National Whistleblower Day.

Event held, with DOJ IG Horowitz speaking, at

DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
JULY 30 | 11 AM - 1:30 PM

whistleblowers.org/wp-content/upl… 
S.Res.194 - Designate July 30, 2019 "National Whistleblower Appreciation Day".
116th Congress (2019-2020)

Sponsor:Grassley (2019)
Committees:Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action:Senate - 07/23/2019 Resolution agreed to (unanimous)

congress.gov/bill/116th-con… 
DOJ IG Horowitz, during his July 30, 2019 speech, unveiled a new website page on Oversight.gov - dedicated to whistleblowers. See 4:16 at oversight.gov/whistleblowers

Is it a coincidence that Horowitz explains EXACTLY HOW to whistleblow essentially at the start of August 2019? The guidance form could've been dated in September (when it was uploaded), but it was backdated.

Nobody has explained this that I am aware of - even under oath. 
This is a federally produced, nonpartisan webpage.

oversight.gov/whistleblowers
IG Horowitz is a Federal employee. There are only 215 views of his video as of this moment. There should be many more, if he is explaining how to whistleblow.

I am not a lawyer, and can't speak to the significant differences between whistleblowing for the regular Federal government community and the intelligence community, other than to assume that classified information is the key differentiator. 
Part of the website is an instructional section, and part of it is a report intended to reassure whistleblowers and direct them appropriately.

One has to wonder if perhaps another whistleblower situation was invented to redirect the Horowitz energy?
oversight.gov/sites/default/… 
Wait. Look on Page 9. They are directly encouraging intelligence community employees to come to agency inspectors general. Look at that.

oversight.gov/sites/default/…
Is Federal outreach so bad that nobody picked this up, or did nobody actually want to pick this up because it's nonpartisan?

oversight.gov/sites/default/…
Horowitz 7/30/2019 (this is the same Horowitz whose report we are waiting for, right?): "The idea is, again, to get the word out to the whistleblowing community, to insiders, to come forward, to report to IGs so we can find ways to [inaud.]"

"fraud, abuse and misconduct, if you're retaliated against, then we have authority over you, authority to address it either ourselves or at the Office of Special Counsel." 
"We need to hear about it, but also, importantly, to educate the agencies we oversee."

YA THINK? 
The National Whistleblower Center, where Horowitz spoke, is a non-governmental organization. whistleblowers.org

Horowitz of course is the IG at the DOJ and also the chair of the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE).
ignet.gov/content/leader… 
I'm literally sitting here in shock.

There is no bigger proof that the Ukraine situation is a partisan witch-hunt than the fact that the ACTUAL interagency source of Federal info on whistleblowing (oversight.gov/whistleblowers) is NEVER EVER MENTIONED! 
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Federal communication is incredibly important, and incredibly undervalued, and the old ways of handling it are really messed up.

Does anybody see that bad Federal communication almost took us to an impeachment?
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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.