Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by FDA Whistleblowers Against Officials for Retaliating & Spying on Them

By: Wednesday September 24, 2014 4:29 pm

A federal district court judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by former and current employees of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who spoke out against “serious managerial and medical misconduct” at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and were subsequently placed under surveillance by FDA officials. The judge determined the employees had failed to exhaust all administrative remedies and the court lacked jurisdiction to rule on their claims against the government.

 

Did a U.S. Senator Block Additional Funding for Whistleblower Protection as Payback?

By: Sunday October 20, 2013 12:30 pm

A few days ago, it was revealed that U.S. Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) objected to, and got removed, a provision in the shutdown deal legislation that would have funded the Office of Special Counsel, the nation’s top federal whistelblower defender, at the levels proposed by the White House, $20.6M (a figure which itself has been deemed “conservative” to address whistleblower case backlogs).

FDA’s spying campaign wider than previously believed

By: Saturday July 14, 2012 6:00 pm

The FDA reportedly has developed an “enemies list” to push back against negative coverage of its oft-criticized review of drugs and medical devices. The list includes not only scientists employed within the FDA, but also congressmen, journalists, and outside medical researchers. These efforts have resulted in the collection of some 80,000 pages of documents that include private emails to Congress, draft whistleblower retaliation complaints, and communications with journalists and attorneys.

A Dissenters’ Digest for April 15-21

By: Saturday April 21, 2012 6:00 pm

Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at the week’s stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability.

A Dissenters’ Digest for April 1-7

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 7:00 pm

A look back at the week’s stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability.

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