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A great lineup for open government advocates. Please share as you see fit! Also, please note that registration is free, but required.
SEPTEMBER 19-20TH, 2011
WASHINGTON WHISTLEBLOWER ASSEMBLY:
A CONFERENCE FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
“WHISTLEBLOWERS PROTECTING THE PUBLIC…BUT WHO’S PROTECTING THE WHISTLEBLOWER?”
WASHINGTON, DC – This year’s Washington Whistleblower Assembly will take place September 19th and 20th on Capitol Hill. Participants will encourage Congress to stop wasting America’s most effective resource against government misspending and abuse of power, through passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. With an emphasis on education and awareness of whistleblower issues, the Assembly will offer a full day of instructional workshops, plenary sessions, and street law sessions on how to navigate new corporate free speech rights and other whistleblower-related issues. This will be followed by a full day of meetings with staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. We’ll also be relaxing, catching up with old friends, and networking with new acquaintances, through activities ranging from a pre-event community dinner, to a community book reception, to a jazz concert volunteered by some of DC’s finest musicians after closing ceremonies.
Whether the issue is defending against wasteful spending, protecting privacy rights, or ensuring safe food for our children, whistleblowers are our eyes and ears against abuses of power that betray the public trust. We hope you will encourage your organization’s members and other networks to participate in the Washington Whistleblower Assembly, and join us in protecting the rights of the whistleblowers that seek to protect the public.
• Keynote address by National Security Agency whistleblower Mr. Thomas Drake
• Plenary panels including “Being RIGHT on Whistle-blowing: A Conservative Analysis” and “National Security Whistleblowers: Exposing Severe Wrongdoing In a Culture of Secrecy”
• Lunch Plenary Session: Reflections from Obama Administration Whistleblower Appointments with Mr. Paul Igasaki, Chair and Chief Judge of the Administrative Review Board at the U.S. Department of Labor; Ms. Carolyn Lerner, Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel; and Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairwoman of the Merit Systems Protection Board
• Concurrent workshops and panels with experts in the fields of food safety, the Federal Aviation Administration, working with the Office of Special Counsel, whistleblowers and the media, and more
• Street law sessions on Corporate Whistleblower Rights since 2006 and Whistleblowing and the False Claims Act/Securities and Exchange Commission
• Advocacy training session and a full day of pre-scheduled congressional meetings for all advocates registered for the Sept. 20th Hill Day
The Washington Whistleblower Assembly is sponsored by GAP, in conjunction with the American Federation of Government Employees, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the International Association of Whistleblowers, the Project On Government Oversight, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and Voices for Corporate Responsibility.
Investigator, Legislative Campaign Coord.
Government Accountability Project
1612 K St NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 457-0034 ext. 132 (voice)
(202) 457-0059 (fax)