In a letter to members of Congress today, 112 organizations are calling for action on legislation to protect whistleblowers at federal agencies.

The effort was spearheaded by the Government Accountability Project, Public Citizen, the Project On Government Oversight, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The group also includes the American Civil Liberties Union, Society of Professional Journalists, American Association of Small Business Owners, and Consumers Union.

The House and Senate have passed whistleblower protection bills authored by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii). The 112 organizations are calling on the two chambers to conference those bills and vote on a final version.


"Government workers who warn us of waste, fraud and abuse should be protected, not punished,