As many of us prepare to fly around the country for the holidays, POGO has released a new report (http://www.pogo.org/pogo-files/reports/homeland-security/breaking-the-sound-barrier/hs-as-20081125.html) on the miserable experience of federal air marshal whistleblowers dealing with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). We chose to focus on the OSC's mishandling of air marshal cases for two reasons: 1) President Bush has highlighted the critical role air marshals play in keeping our airplanes and airports secure, and 2) former Special Counsel Scott Bloch touted his work with air marshals as evidence of a successful tenure.
In case after case, however, we found that the OSC failed to protect air marshals who came forward with serious security concerns and allegations of whistleblower retaliation. In addition to setting the record straight on Bloch's tenure at the OSC, our report looks forward to the future of the agency, which is in need of a major overhaul in the next administration.
Be sure to check out our press alert and blog post to learn more.
We also sent a letter to Robert Bray, Director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, urging him to foster an organizational culture in which employees are not only encouraged to express safety concerns and ideas for reform, but are also protected for doing so.
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