August 08, 2012

Justice Department Appoints "Whistleblower Ombudsman"

The Department of Justice's Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, announced the appointment of a "Whistleblower Ombudsman" to monitor whistleblower complaints and investigations of retaliation claims. Robert Storch, an experienced federal prosecutor, was named to the new position.

According to press reports, Storch will work within the Justice Department to educate employees about the importance of whistleblowers in uncovering any waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement. No other details regarding the new program have been released.  It is not known whether the position will practice to any established Ombuds standards. (NPR; Bloomberg.)

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