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Whistleblowers

Though it received much attention from lawmakers, a bill (S. 494) that would have protected federal employees who disclosed information about government wrongdoing stalled. It was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee but was never considered by the full Senate. The bill would have prevented reprisals against government workers who publicly released information regarding waste, abuse, or gross mismanagement in the federal government. Such abuses in relation to secret national defense information could have been disclosed to a member of Congress.

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