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Senate Report Cites ‘Inferior’ Whistleblower Protections for FBI Agents

whistleBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has a habit of punishing its own whistleblowers.

That may change soon under the proposed FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Washington Post reports. 

“Whistleblowers play a critical role in keeping our government efficient and honest, yet they also risk retaliation from their employers, sometimes being demoted, reassigned, or fired as a result of their actions,” says a report issued in support of the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

The legislation would strengthen protections for whistleblowers who expose fraud, waste and abuse.

It also would allow employees to report abuses to their own supervisors.

“This has left protections for FBI whistleblowers inferior to those of other Executive Branch employees …” the report said. “Unlike all other Executive Branch employees, including employees in the intelligence community. … FBI employees enjoy no legal protection for making reports of wrongdoing to supervisors or others in their chain of command.”

Homeland Security Wastes Up to $49 Million Annually on Vehicles It Underuses

The Department of Homeland Security spent up to $49 million on vehicles that were underused, according to a new report from the agency’s inspector general, according to Government Executive.

The audit by the DHS inspector general found that the agency lacks a system to properly maintain and track a fleet to avoid wasting money.

According to the report, Homeland Security has 56,000 automobiles, costing $534 million a year. That is the second largest fleet in the federal government.

The IG’s suggested the agency install a “single, central system of record” for the fleet.

DHS management agreed and pledged to implement the reforms by 2015.

Former FBI Agent Takes Key Role in Oversight of Billions of Dollars in Settlement Money from BP Oil Spill

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent will oversee the Deepwater Horizon Court-Supervised Settlement Program, which is responsible for paying out billions of dollars in private claims following the 2010 BP oil spill the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

That job goes to David Welker, who served as special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans office until he retired in April 2012.

David Welker

Before the promotion, Welker was the claims program’s director of fraud, waste and abuse, a position he had held since June 2012.

FBI Ramps Up Oversight of Tax Subsidies Under Obama’s Health Care Reform

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is preparing for the potential abuse of tax credits under Obama’s health care reform, Fox News reports.

Nearly 17 million Americans are expected to be eligible for federal tax credits to buy health insurance on the exchange. That leaves a lot of room for waste, fraud and abuse, Fox News reported.

The tax subsidies are essentially handed out on the honor system, not unlike the often abused earned income tax credits for low-income people, according to Fox News.

The federal government plans to conduct audits to detect fraud.