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Dear President Biden,

Your nominee, Cathy Harris, to be Chairman of US Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is stonewalling a well-evidenced and significant whistleblower disclosure against her and her predecessors. She is failing or refusing to report to you and Congress whether federal agency employees are adequately protected from reprisal and other corrupt agency employment practices as required by 5 U.S.C. section 1204(a)(3). She is not “sounding the alarm” to activate your statutory duty at 5 U.S.C. section 2301(c) to “take any action necessary” to ensure federal agency employment practices are merit-based, not corruption based.

Not only does she fail to “sound the alarm,” she refuses to do the special studies necessary to buttress the widespread perception—in Congress and elsewhere—that federal agency whistleblowers are neither adequately heeded nor protected. It is telling that of all MSPB’s statutory duties, it has failed or refused to issue regulations only for this.

Given her stonewalling, we respectfully request you to direct the Attorney General, per 28 U.S.C. section 511, to issue his opinion on the whether Cathy Harris, as other past and current leaders of MSPB, per 5 U.S.C. section 1204(a)(3), have the duty to perform the special studies and other research necessary to determine and report—to you and Congress—whether federal agency employee are adequately protected from whistleblower reprisal and other corrupt agency employment practices. If they are not, then the public interest in a civil service free of such corruption is NOT being adequately protected and neither is American health, safety, security and welfare.

Signed,
Concerned Citizens and Federal Agency Workers

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Dear Senators,

Several months ago, several organizations made a request to Senate Majority Leader Schumer that Cathy Harris not receive a final Senate Confirmation vote as Chairman of the US Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). They requested a delay in the vote until she took action to resolve a well-evidenced whistleblower disclosure against her and her predecessors at MSPB that is significant to public health, safety, security and welfare. Instead of doing so, she continues to stonewall. (Their letter is available here.)

The whistleblower disclosure against Ms. Harris involves her failure or refusal, together with her colleagues and predecessors at MSPB, to report to the President and Congress whether federal agency employees are adequately protected from whistleblower reprisal and other corrupt agency employment practices. Our opinion, one shared by many, including in Congress, is that any existence of corrupt agency employment practices results in harm, perhaps great harm, to American health, safety, security and welfare.

We request that Cathy Harris not receive a final Senate confirmation vote until she requests the Attorney General resolve the whistleblower disclosure.

Signed,
Concerned Citizens and Federal Agency Workers

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Dear Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm,

Joseph (Joe) Carson, PE is a 30+ year DOE employee as a nuclear safety engineer. He is also arguably the GOAT of career federal agency whistleblowers. There is an established legal record of repeated lawbreaking by DOE against Engineer Carson, taken to punish him (and intimidate other DOE employees into silence) for his performing his positive legal duty as a professional engineer (PE) and federal agency employee to protect the health and safety of others.

His whistleblowing and patriotism in confronting DOE’s reprisal, while pursuing legal remedy, played a positive, perhaps significant role in the passage of the landmark law in 2000—the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). At this point, over 135,000 DOE workers have received over 20 billion dollars in compensation by this law. As the law states, these workers were put in harm’s way, without their knowledge or adequate protection, while building America’s nuclear stockpile during the Cold War.

Engineer (Engr.) Carson? He has yet to receive an apology from DOE, let alone any positive recognition, for his self-sacrificing actions. DOE’s lawbreaking against Engr. Carson did not occur in a vacuum, it was just another result of the law-breaking failure of the leaders of US Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), now including its Acting Chairman Cathy Harris, to “sound the alarm” to the President and Congress that federal employees—as Engr. Carson’s ordeal clearly demonstrates—are NOT adequately protected from reprisal and other corrupt agency employment practices.

Cathy Harris is stonewalling efforts to resolve the well-evidenced whistleblower disclosure against her and her predecessors since the creation of MSPB in 1979. Their failure to “sound the alarm” impacts your ability to demonstrate compliance with your duty to prevent reprisal and other corrupt employment practices in DOE, per 5 U.S.C.§2302(c)(2)(A).

Several months ago, a number of organizations requested Senate Majority Schumer delay her confirmation vote as Chairman of MSPB until she took action to resolve the whistleblower disclosure. (Their letter is available here.)

In August 2021, you made a video, watched by all DOE employees, where you stated your expectations that they bring their concerns forward and that you supported their objective resolution. (See the video here.)

(View the transcript of the video here.)

Given your policy to support whistleblowers in DOE, the stonewalling of Cathy Harris and your duty to prevent reprisal and other corrupt employment practices in DOE, we call upon you to direct the Attorney General, per your lawful authority at 28 U.S.C. §512 as the head of an Executive Department, to direct the Attorney General to issue his opinion on the whistleblower disclosure against Cathy Harris.

Signed,
Concerned DOE Employees, Other Agency Employees and Citizens

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