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    Jason Amerine   Disclosure to Congress led to the White House overhaul of its hostage recovery policies.
    Peter James Atherton   Identified potential catastrophic design problems with Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station that contributed to its permanent shutdown
    Harry Barko   I blew the whistle on the defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) because its greed was jeopardizing our mission in Iraq. With the help of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) I was able to demonstrate that KBR was hiding internal reports that contain proof of millions of dollars in government contract fraud. A federal district court reviewed one of those reports and publicly announced that it is a real "eye opener" "filled with evidence" demonstrating fraud. KBR ran to the court of appeals and was successful in convincing the court to keep the reports secret. I am still fighting to have these reports released and to hold KBR accountable.
    William Binney   NSA Whistleblower
    Bradley Birkenfeld   Swiss Bank Whistleblower
2015 Photo John Bitterman U.S. Coast Guard Commander (CDR) John Bitterman, self-identified as a whistleblower and alleged retaliation in violation Military Whistleblower Protection Act by Coast Guard Pacific Area officials after he complained about poor material conditions onboard his 47 year old cutter and requested additional funding shortly after taking command. The Coast Guard stated they had conducted an investigation and decided to relieve CDR Bitterman for "loss of confidence", but refused to release details regarding the investigation claiming as a reason it was administrative in nature. CDR Bitterman has vowed to fight the relief including filing a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General for investigation

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    Joseph Carson    
    Carol Czarkowski    
    Anthony D'Armiento U.S. Coast Guard  
1989 Thomas Day Thomas Day U.S. Navy, Joint Cruise Missile Project Office

I became a whistleblower in 1989 when as a civilian cost analyst with the Joint Cruise Missle Project Office I was encouraged to make an $80 million dollar cost saving “suggestion”. About the same time, the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) was enacted and one thing led to another and before I knew what was happening I became a “relator” which was the term used for whistleblowers/witnesses to wrongdoing. I wandered into the offices of the Government Accountability Project (GAP), learned that my case did not fit into GAP’s political issues of the time, and went forward as a pro se litigant with a disclosure of my case to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and then onto the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). At the time, there had not been a single case decided by MSPB favoring a whistleblower and I settled my case for about half of my lost wages at the time and resigned in disgust from the Navy.

As has very often been the case, OSC looked the other way and did not investigate the illegal slush funds being accumulated in the Department of Defense (DoD) budgets. Howevere, as my allegations moved up the budgetary chain of command for the President's Budget, more and more cost analysts from within DoD and from various other Departments started providing me with documentation of waste within th federal government. By the time I was called to testify in support of the 1994 amendment to the WPA by the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee, the amount of reportable waste was in excess of $100 billion dollars. In 1994, this amount was thought to be an exaggeration and remained unreported by the Washington Post as a matter of national security.

It wasn't until one U.S. Senator made the time to look at the actual documentation and computer models that the reality of the disclosures made their mark. During my presentation to the Senator, he became increasingly annoyed until he finally blurted out, "They lied to me". With those words, the credibility of my disclosures changed and they became the supporting documentation for the what became known as the "peace dividend" after the collaspe of the iron curtain and the $20 billion cut in the DoD budget. Never mind that all of these funds were "surplus" funds over and above the needs of the service, except that they were the funds that were being used by mangement to pay themselves large bonuses.

Although I had already resigned from DoD, DoD management retaliated by terminating all contract price/cost analyst within DoD under the pretense that this was a cost saving measure inlight of the cuts it had sustained. Retaliation on an individual basis is devastating, but retaliation at the organizational level has a far broader impact. It wasn't long before all of DoD, the world's largest procurer of goods and services, began to feel the disasterous consequences of its retaliation. With this important career path destroyed, the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) were no longer able to fill their ranks and were unable to perform routine audits. As things continued to spiral downhill for these agencies their availability to perform audits for other Departments collasped and even within DoD they had to continually increase the minimal value of what they would audit. Finally, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to perform and audit and you may read the results GAO 12-83, Report to Congressional Requesters, Defense Contract Management Agency, Amid Ongoing Efforts to Rebuild Capacity, Several Factors Present Challenges in Meeting Its Mission.

2010 Thomas Day 2010 Thomas Day U.S. Coast Guard Mr. Day became aware of the unallowable costs and reported Mr. Wood's discovery to more senior acquisition management. When Mr. Wood was subsequently threatened with termination if he did not modify his cost analysis report, Mr. Day again reported this to senior acquisition officials.
    Thomas Drake   NSA Whistleblower
    Kimberly Farrington    
    Matthew Fogg    
    Bradie Frink Department of Veterans Affairs A disabled Army veteran who was hired at the Baltimore Regional Office of the Veterans Benefits Administration in February 2013. The VA mismanaged Mr. Frink’s benefits claims, delaying his ability to receive care for him and his family. Mr. Frink sent a request for assistance to Senator Barbara Mikulski. Shortly thereafter, the VA terminated Mr. Frink during his probationary period. OSC investigated and submitted a report with our findings to the VA. The VA agreed to provide full corrective action for Mr. Frink, including reemployment with the agency, back pay for the months of unemployment, and compensatory damages for emotional distress. OSC further recommended that the VA consider disciplinary action against two of Mr. Frink’s supervisors.
    Franz Gayl Department of Defense A Marine Corps civilian scientist, blew the whistle about delays in the military’s procurement of blast-resistant trucks known as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Mr. Gayl raised congressional awareness of the problem at a time when U.S. troops were increasingly vulnerable to death and injury from improvised explosive devices in Iraq. Mr. Gayl alleged retaliation for his whistleblowing. OSC investigated his claims, and Mr. Gayl and the Marine Corps successfully resolved his complaints through OSC’s alternative dispute resolution program.
    Teresa Gilbert Department of Defense An Army civilian infection control analyst at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, disclosed violations of infection control policies and regulations that created a significant threat to the health and safety of patients. Her disclosures resulted in improved hospital conditions and significant disciplinary action against senior leaders at Womack. In response to OSC’s investigation, the Army reached a settlement with Ms. Gilbert.
    John Kiriakou   CIA agent, counter terrorism adviser, torture whistleblower
    John E. Knecht   CPA, Chief of Internal Review, U.S. Army Proving Ground, Yuma, Arizona. Was fired by superiors after he informed them of time card fraud at the APG.  Perceiving a coverup, Knecht took the case to the Inspector General of the Army. Without investigating, the Inspector General destroyed the evidence Knecht provided–apparently unaware that Knecht had retained copies.
    Linda Lewis   Disclosed a FEMA coverup of state preparedness failures revealed at a 1996 nuclear power plant emergency exercise
    Robert MacLean    
    Dr. Katherine Mitchell Department of Veterans Affairs Blew the whistle on critical understaffing and inadequate triage training in the Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medical Center (VAMC). Dr. Mitchell disclosed that Phoenix VAMC leadership engaged in a series of targeted retaliatory acts that included removing her as Emergency Room director. Working with OSC, the VA settled Dr. Mitchell’s claim and agreed to, among other things, assign her to a new position in the VA that allows her to oversee the quality of patient care.
    Ern Reynolds    
    Dr. Donald Soeken    


Benjamin Strickland Photo Ben Strickland U.S. Coast Guard Commander (CDR) Ben Strickland, alleged multiple acts of retaliation in violation of the Military Whistleblower Protection Act by Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) and senior Coast Guard Officials after he reported a sexual assault onboard USCGC Munro in May, 2013. The Coast Guard denied retaliation on their part and claimed he was not eligible for whistleblower protection. CDR Strickland alleged that he became an unlawful target of the very investigations which stemmed from his report of a sexual assault and filed a formal complaint which was accepted for investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and pends administrative review by the Board for Correction of Military Records.
    Thomas Tamm    
    J. Kirk Wiebe   NSA Whistleblower
    David Wiktor    
2010   Warren Wood U.S. Coast Guard Mr. Wood discovered unallowable costs in the proposals for the Coast Guard procurement of the Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).