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  • Whistleblowers Anonymous

    Governing reports on the organization Public Employees for Enivronmental Responsibility, which tries to aid whistleblowing about environmental concerns. PEER is steeped in controversy, though. "There's a need for whistleblowing here and there, but we better make sure it gets very carefully separated from the dissatisfaction among pepole who have ben in government a number of years and are not willing to go through changes," Governing quoted a Long Island offical as saying.
  • Executive Challenged Xerox's Books, Was Fired

    The Wall Street Journal reports on Xerox accountant, James Bingham, who openly challenged what he felt were dishonest and incorrect accounting practices at Xerox. Bingham was fired shortly after his disclosure. While Xerox admits to accounting problems, including profit inflation, at its Mexico operations, Bingham felt the problem was more widespread.
  • Giving workers the treatment: If you raise a stink, you get the shrink!

    Downs reports about "an increasingly popular weapon against whistleblowers: the psychiatric reprisal ... Across the country, companies have seized upon concerns about workplace violence to quash dissent. Hundreds of large corporations have hired psychiatrists and psychologists to advise them on how to weed out 'threatening' employees ... But by drawing the definition of 'threatening' as broadly as possible, they are giving themselves a new club to bang over workers." For example: Ford Motor Company electrician was barred from the factory and sent to a psychiatrist after he complained that he could not do his job because many of his bosses were taking equipment out of the plant to work on their homes or personal businesses.
  • Crash Landing

    This article tells how one man "for years tried to expose corruption in the state driver's license facility where he worked. ... He told of how would-be truck drivers were paying bribes to get commercial driver's licenses, known as CDLs, and how he suspected the state employees taking the bribes in turn used the money to satisfy the intense pressure to buy tickets to political fundraisers held for the boss, (Governor) Ryan. ... Then a horrific highway accident killed six children."
  • The Great Minnow Hunt

    "The FBI's 20-month investigation of corruption at the San Francisco Housing Authority seems to have netted one minnow as sharks swam free. Last summer, in what seems to herald the end of a federal investigation of the Housing Authority, a federal jury found a mid-level housing manager guilty of taking bribes to provide subsidized housing certificates to people who were ineligible to receive them. But transcripts of FBI interviews with the prosecution s chief witness, sworn depositions in a whistleblower lawsuit, exhibits in the housing manager's trial, and a HUD inspector general's reporter all suggest that high-ranking city officials and a longtime s associates of Mayor Willie Brown had knowledge of, or were involved in, the bribery conspiracy."
  • The Insider

    According to Alaska Airlines lead mechanic John Liotine, for "more than two years before the crash of Flight 261, (he) had inspected the part that investigators now believe caused the crash." Liotine considered the part worn and wanted it replaced, but the airlines failed to heed his recommendation. Liotine also launched a grand jury investigation alleging maintenance work reports were falsified.
  • The Informant

    The Informant is "the inside story of the groundbreaking price-fixing investigation involving Archer Daniels Midland Company. The book provides a unique inside look at both the rampant corruption inside the politically powerful corporation, as well as perhaps the most detailed and realistic portrayal ever of the personalities, pettiness and bureaucratic infighting involved in a federal criminal investigation."
  • City Whistleblower

    This story focuses on the city of Dallas' senior architect, who blew the whistle on a selection committee by alerting the public that city officials were playing favorites in taking bids from architectural firms for the city's cultural arts buildings.
  • The Orkin Man

    WFLA-TV reports "that a company that promotes itself as a leader in the pest control industry defrauded its termite customers. Target 8 discovered Orkin falsified home inspection tickets, failed to provide termite treatment that homeowners paid for, leaving the homes of customers susceptible to termite invasion and damage. In subsequent stories we revealed Orkin manipulated bids on a public works project in Clearwater and that the company cheated taxpayers when it used only a fraction of the gas necessary (for treatment) in Hillsborough County public schools...."
  • Pentagon Crisis: Security-check backlog, and other stories on the chaos in the security clearance program at the Department of Defense

    A USA Today investigation into the problems in the security-clearance program in the Department of Defense revealed a "chaotic clearance program, one beset by strife and a backlog of 600,000 investigations, or one-fourth of the Pentagon's clearance population." Other stories in this series looked at variety of security-clearance related issues including "how dozens of foreign nations sought to gather intelligence at US defense plants on technologies used in sophisticated weapons systems" and "how the top lawyer in the Defense Security Service was reassigned to another agency after warning superiors they were violating government regulations by taking shortcuts on security background investigations."