White House Double-Game with Whistleblowers

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The Obama Administration is playing a sophisticated double-game with regard to whistleblowers in the government. 

On the one hand, Barack Obama signed into law the Whistleblower Protection Act on November 27, 2012; on the other hand, the White House issued a memo on January 25 that ordered the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management to institute rules that would give federal agencies the power to fire employees that hold “noncritical sensitive” jobs without appeal. This new approach would flout civil service law.

The administration defends its actions by stating the memo is designed to help agencies judge whether jobs are “sensitive” or not, but the rules the memo wants to implement are nebulous. The jobs it defines as “noncritical sensitive jobs” include police, customs, and immigration positions.

The timeline of the Obama Administration action regarding whisteblowers is suspect. The Act was passed by the GOP-led House on September 28, 2012, a little more than 2 weeks after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Strangely enough, the Senate didn’t follow suit until November 13, one week after the 2012 election when Obama was safely installed. Obama signed the law into place on November 27, two weeks later, and the memo only came about on January 27, 2013. 

Remember what the date was of Hillary Clinton’s infamous “What difference does it make?” rant before Congress: January 23, 2013. The memo was published four days later.

The memo was also released after a January 24 federal appeals court ruling that it would review a previous decision that went against two low-level Defense Department employees who were suspended and demoted because their jobs were declared “noncritical sensitive.”


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