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For Immediate Release
August 8, 2012

DoJ IG Whistleblower Ombudsman

M E M O R A N D U M

TO:    Reporters and Editors
RE:    DoJ IG Whistleblower Ombudsman
DA:    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Senator Chuck Grassley made the following comment about the announcement today by the Department of Justice Inspector General regarding creation of an Office of Inspector General Whistleblower Ombudsperson.

“As a co-sponsor of legislation that would create whistleblower ombudsmen throughout the Inspector General community, I appreciate this initiative and its acknowledgement that whistleblowers deserve respect and consideration.  In light of Operation Fast and Furious, this position is especially necessary at the Justice Department.  Time and again, information provided by whistleblowers, most often at significant risk to their own livelihoods and reputations, has proven to be tremendously valuable. Without whistleblowers, mismanagement, abuse and wrongdoing would go undetected.  This effort is an important first step and, to be effective, the ombudsman needs to appreciate these realities and stand up to intense pressure from agencies to discredit whistleblowers.  The ombudsman needs to be a tireless advocate for whistleblowers.  Putting the right person in this job will make an important, positive difference for whistleblowers and, in turn, accountability in government.  I intend to ask for regular updates on how this new position is making a difference for Justice Department whistleblowers.”