Whistleblowing Petition

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Help protect the FBI by protecting FBI employees from retaliation by rogue managers.

The Honorable Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and The Honorable Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Senate Committee on the Judiciary

The FBI is vulnerable to partisan politics through many of its internal policies and procedures, which are often vague, capricious, and lack an independent appellate review.

This makes it easy to dismiss an FBI employee for any reason. Or worse, for no reason at all. This is especially true when FBI employees blow the whistle and report abuses of authority, such as would be the case if an employee reported partisan influence on the FBI's decision-making.

To help protect FBI employees from retaliation from rogue FBI managers, please sign our petition urging Congress to pass legislation giving rank and file FBI employees the protection they need to report abuses of authority, including partisan influence on the FBI's decision-making, should it occur.

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To: The Honorable Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and The Honorable Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Senate Committee on the Judiciary
From: [Your Name]

Dear Senator Graham and Senator Feinstein,

Protect the FBI, a non-partisan movement to safeguard the FBI from partisan politics by ensuring rank and file FBI employees can report abuses of authority without fear of retaliation from rogue FBI managers, would like to publicly thank you for your long-time support of fair, transparent whistleblower legislation. In these times of intense partisanship, your cross-partisan engagement and that of your predecessors, Senators Grassley and Leahy, stands out.

However, as Senators Grassley and Leahy previously acknowledged, there is more work to do to make it possible for an FBI whistleblower to act without fear of retaliation.

Your predecessors co-sponsored The FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2016. While a robust version of this bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, as you know, only one provision was passed by Congress and signed by the president.

Had the Grassley/Leahy version become law, most of the recommendations in a 2015 Government Accountability Office review would have been implemented. Moreover, the original version of the 2016 bill was favored by the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General, other DOJ components, and numerous whistleblower advocacy groups, including the National Whistleblower Center.

Instead, the limited version of the bill signed into law omitted provisions that would have:

-minimized the lengthy delays in DOJ's investigative and adjudicative process

-provided relief when the Inspector General found in a whistleblower's favor, encouraging the FBI to settle such cases instead of wasting taxpayer money defending them

-made DOJ decisions on cases publicly available so future whistleblowers would have access to important case precedent

-ensured FBI employees have opportunities for a fair and independent hearing, including the ability to seek relief from a court of appeals

The last provision would have ensured someone outside DOJ could hold the FBI, its component agency, accountable for retaliation against a whistleblower. In other words, the DOJ and FBI, as the defendant in any whistleblowing retaliation case, would not also be the judge.

Protect the FBI™ believes the current process is too risky for FBI employees to report abuses of authority, including any attempt by an FBI manager to influence the FBI's decision-making for partisan gain.

Considering this, my organization, and the undersigned, ask you to once again take up the cause of whistleblowers by amending the 2016 act to include the remaining provisions.

Respectfully,

James S. Davidson
President​
Protect the FBI™