Employee for Federal Whistleblower Program Fired for Blowing the Whistle

whistleblowerBy Joshua Krause

Earlier this year, Darrel Whitman decided to sound the alarm over the dysfunction he had seen while working for OSHA. He was employed with the Whistleblower Protection Program within OSHA, and investigated claims of illegal activity and safety issues among workers. But after revealing that his department managers closed complaints to alleviate backlogs, altered reports, and failed to protect workers who complained, he was fired. In other words, a worker for a department dedicated to protecting whistleblowers, has been fired for blowing the whistle.

Whitman told NBC news that “They got rid of the squeaky wheel” before adding “I was going to report what I thought to be violations of law and policy…they were going to have to answer to those reports and they didn’t like that.” In fact, Whitman was featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart several months ago, and admitted that he was going to be fired if the interview was ever aired. OSHA cited 6 different reasons for his termination, including “lack of candor during an investigatory meeting” and releasing government documents without permission (i.e. exactly the sort of thing a whistleblower has to do).

Whitman has since issued a complaint against OSHA to another whistleblower protection agency known as the Office of Special Counsel, and may receive a settlement for his termination. However, one must wonder if that whistleblower agency is just as screwed up as the department he was fired from.

Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.

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3 Comments on "Employee for Federal Whistleblower Program Fired for Blowing the Whistle"

  1. 9-11 treason was the last page page of the fantasy story of pretended freedom and democracy in the USA.

  2. Next time OSHA will be sure to hire from within for that position.

  3. Was he employed by the US Department of Labor which OSHA is part of OR the subsidiary of Goldman-Sachs who does the intake and screening of whistle blower reports for the government? And contractor employees who run most of government at all levels even down to county governments now; are forbidden to say who they work for and will often say: they work for, not that they are employed by the govt. You even find Xerox Management services and ACS’s over 100 companies managing even your own private employers as they need help dealing with their own partners who work for the govt but not employed by them. and a few who well may be working for both , illegally. And are in charge of nearly every phase of everyone’s health care. There are no govt run health care or plans anymore, they are tax payer funded and unaccountable contractor run. as Congress has given no budget for internal audit controls nor criminal oversight and its still illegal for a contractor to impersonate a govt official or govt office yet they do so nd will not give the name of their company , when asked. Govt employees do so without issue as even their salary and leave record are public info. Many in the govt do not even know they are dealing with non govt employees any more when they share info or send info to another office. Its a maze of chaos that has resulted in an over throw of the USA and those in Congress are not allowed to contact them nor mention them if they even are aware of who is really in charge and its not them nor the one in the white House either. the contractor is the any one who knows what is going on to be able to help any one who asks, and they wonder why they are so unpopular? You are not able to unravel govt snafus or ‘red tape’ for any one as is not the govt one is needing to deal with. as they get ‘persuaded’ by over 150 companies from the same international cabal lobbying them against waking up to what is going on? Do we have any candidates that even know who runs things? And will do something about it? a coup that began 30 years ago in a meeting in Dallas>>>> knowing that through contracting out of computer systems, the control of the USA was going to be able to be effected step by step and agency by agency….. and all could be’ hoodwinked.” to not know what was really going on as no one would be able to know the whole any more. Linda Joy Adams

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