Making Whistleblowing Work — Invitation to a panel discussion


(cross-posted from the Advisory Committee on Transparency blog)

We’re pleased to announce our next event, on whistleblowing, is set for Friday, July 29 at 10:30 am in Rayburn 2247. Please note that we’re at a different time, on a different day of the week, and in a different room.

Federal whistleblowers report lawbreaking and taxpayer rip-offs—often at great personal and professional risk. Does the law protect them sufficiently from retaliation? How does blowing the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse in the government work? What is the balance between disclosure and the government’s legitimate need for confidentiality? What distinctions should we draw between reporting wrongdoing to employers, to Congress, to reporters, and online? Is WikiLeaks fundamentally different from what’s come before?

Join the newly confirmed head of the federal office charged with investigating whistleblower complaints, a whistleblower, the policy director of a good government watchdog, and an expert on the intersection of politics and the Internet for a panel discussion on whistleblowing. We will discuss current incentives and protections for whistleblowers and ongoing legislative reform efforts.

Panelists include:

  • Angela Canterbury, Director of Public Policy, Project on Government Oversight
  • Carolyn Lerner, Special Counsel, U.S. Office of Special Counsel
  • Christian Sanchez, Border Patrol Agent, Customs & Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
  • Daniel Schuman, Moderator, Policy Counsel, the Sunlight Foundation
  • Micah Sifry, Co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum; author of WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency; Sunlight Foundation sr. technology advisor