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Statement by Louis Fisher, appearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, “The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009” (PDF, 124KB), May 14, 2009.  Congress has several times passed legislation to protect agency whistleblowers, enabling them to report to their agencies and to Congress instances of misconduct, illegality, waste, fraud, and abuse.  For various reasons, agency employees who report on such operations are subject to reprisals and have few procedural protections, either within the agencies or within the courts.  Moreover, except for legislation in 1998, the field of national security has been largely excluded from these statutory efforts.  The purpose of this hearing was to focus on H.R. 1507, establishing better protections for national security whistleblowers.

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