Search Site
Menu
New Whistleblower Protection Bill Introduced in Congress

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) recently introduced a bill that would provide greater protections to whistleblowers against suspension, denial or revocation of security clearances as a form of retaliation for blowing the whistle on fraud, abuse and waste.

It has been an all-too-common practice in Washington to use denial of security clearances as a punishment for blowing the whistle. Until now, it has gone largely unpunished. This bill would change that.

Background of the bill

The bill is called the “Adam S. Lovinger Whistleblower Reprisal Act of 2018,” named for a mistreated government employee at the Pentagon. Lovinger had been on a detail with the National Security Council (NSC), and noticed more than a million dollars in contract payments going to two individuals. He could not find any deliverables justifying these payments, so brought up his concerns with his superiors in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, a think tank organization.

As a result, he was recalled from his NSC assignment, despite an outstanding performance record. In March, his Top Secret security clearance was revoked, which left him unable to perform his duties. Finally, Washington Headquarters Services placed him on administrative leave, where he has been since April.

Whistleblower protections have received a lot of bipartisan support in congress, one of the few issues to bring lawmakers from both sides of the aisle together. In this particular case, the new legislation would end a practice that had slipped by most of the other whistleblower protections that had been introduced in the federal government so far, giving employers and agencies one less tool to use against employees who report internal wrongdoing.

If you have information about wrongdoing and would like to file a report, contact an experienced attorney with Kardell Law Group.

Honors
Our Office
  • Dallas Office
    4514 Cole Ave
    #600
    Dallas, Texas 75205
    Phone: 214-306-8045
    Fax: 469-729-9926
Testimonials
  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

FOLLOW US
Facebook Twitter Linkedin RSS Feed JD Supra