Education and Labor Hearing on Private Sector Whistleblowers

May 15, 2007
The Education and Labor Workforce Protections Subcommittee has just concluded a hearing: "Private Sector Whistleblowers: Are There Sufficient Legal Protections?"

Subcommittee Chairwoman Lynn Woolsey:

"Being a whistleblower is very difficult, and I know that your lives have changed in ways you could never have imagined when you first made your decision to come forward. Today, you are among friends, this week is 'whistleblower week.' We want to celebrate your actions and praise the substantial public service that you have provided, all at a considerable sacrifice to yourselves and your families. We also want to learn from you..."

Rep. Tim Bishop (NY-01):

"Professor Moberly, you said, I'm going to paraphrase you, that this is not the system we would create if we were creating a system from scratch. Briefly, can you outline the system we would create if we were creating one from scratch?"

Richard Moberly

"Well I think what the current system demonstrates is that these narrow, ad hoc protections serve to define whistleblowers out of protection..."

The Committee also held a hearing on campaus safety this morning. See clips in the extended entry:

Chairman George Miller:

"As the Virginia Tech community continues to recover and heal from last month's tragedy, the best service that we can provide to the students and faculty and staff members of colleges and universities across the country is to first listen, and learn. Then we must decide what additional role the federal government, if any, can play in better preparing the campuses to be safe."

Steven J. Healy, President of the International Association of

Campus Law Enforcement:

"This morning I want to address several issues related to campus public safety best practices, including mass communications systems and other efforts that we have underway to strengthen communications, initiatives to continually raise the level of professionalism within the campus public safety community, and ongoing efforts to meet federal crime reporting guidelines."