Senator Would Expand Whistleblower Protections to Contractors

December 6, 2011

Declaring that contractor employees now outnumber federal workers, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Tuesday sought to marshal arguments for "cleaning up the patchwork" of whistleblower-related laws and advancing a bill (S 241) to extend whistleblower protections to employees working under federal contracts.

"Whistleblowers make a difference time and again," said McCaskill, citing revelations of mishandling of military remains at Arlington Cemetery and Dover Air Force Base.

"Someone who worked there told someone," she said at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. "But a whistleblower who works for a contractor doesn't have the same protections." 

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