Cummings Commemorates National Whistleblower Day
Washington, D.C. (July 30, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released a video commemorating National Whistleblower Day 2019 on the 241st anniversary of America’s first whistleblower protection law.
Chairman Cummings has championed the rights of whistleblowers for many years, sponsoring the All Circuit Review Act and the All Circuit Review Extension Act and cosponsoring the House companions of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 and S. 795, a bill to enhance whistleblower protections for contractor and grantee employees which were all signed into law.
Whistleblowers have been an invaluable source of information enabling the Committee to conduct multiple investigations, including into the White House security clearance process, harassment allegations of State Department employees, wasteful spending and improper retaliation at the Environmental Protection Agency, the effort to transfer sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, and efforts to terminate Planned Parenthood as a healthcare provider for Medicaid beneficiaries.
Video Statement for National Whistleblower Day 2019
Chairman Elijah E. Cummings
Committee on Oversight and Reform
Hello, and greetings, thank you for the opportunity to join you in celebrating National Whistleblower Day this year.
This year marks the two hundred and forty-first anniversary of the enactment of America’s first whistleblower protection law and the thirtieth anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act.
On this day, I would like to honor a very special group of individuals within the federal community—the men and women who risk everything to disclose waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government.
Without legal protections, whistleblowers would suffer retaliation, and without these courageous individuals, Congress would not be able to fulfill its Constitutional duty to serve as a check and balance on the Executive Branch—the very foundation of our democracy.
As Co-Chair of the House Whistleblower Protection Caucus and Chairman of the Oversight Committee, I am personally grateful to the dedication and commitment of whistleblowers because my Committee would not be able to conduct oversight investigations without them.
Although Congress has made significant progress in protecting the brave souls who shine a light on corruption in the federal government, we cannot rest on our laurels.
That is why I am working on introducing legislation this Congress that would further strengthen protections for whistleblowers and improve enforcement of existing law to prevent and address retaliation.
I look forward to working together with advocates and stakeholders like you to stop retaliation against whistleblowers.
Click here to watch the video.