German left the FBI after a 16-year career when FBI managers and the Inspector General failed to protect him from retaliation for internally reporting a mismanaged terrorism investigation. His testimony lays out concrete steps Congress can take to reform whistleblower protections in the future.
“Today, FBI whistleblowers have little chance of being heard, much less receiving timely relief from reprisals, or corrective action to make them whole. The Justice Department regulations function more as a trap for the unwary rather than a shield of protection,” German said. “But the door is now open for Congress to enact legislation that would codify reforms that will finally provide the protections that the hard-working and conscientious FBI employees deserve.”
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