Veal Pen Watch: Good government groups all but eject whistleblower from coalition for asking too many questions
The groups that comprise the steering committee of the good government group coalition, the Make It Safe Campaign, are:
- –Government Accountability Project
- –Project on Government Oversight
- –Union of Concerned Scientists
- –American Federation of Government Employees
Here are the details:
Evelynn Brown, a federal whistleblower and CEO of her own whistleblower support group, has been lobbying the MISC SC to become more open, transparent, responsive, and accountable. She asked for basic things like sharing the email list serv, getting rid of a 24 hour comment review period, having a whistleblower on the steering committee, having minutes of meetings made available, etc.
For whatever reason, today the committee decided they’d had enough. They said her comments had become increasingly antagonistic, uncivil, inaccurate. They won’t specify what was inaccurate about it, I asked. Her comments were civil but firm.
I think the person behind this is Tom Devine, GAP’s legal director. There is an authoritarian streak about him. I’ve already asked for his resignation and started to give detailed reasons why. He’s burning up his goodwill quickly. Censoring and exiling whistleblowers is a big no-no in our small community.
Here’s the banishment and what triggered it, below. Reprinted with permission. Read the rest of this entry →