🚗 🚙 Turn your trusty old car into trustworthy journalism Learn more
Fallout: The Financial Crisis

Stimulus bill won’t protect everyone

Jeremy Hobson Feb 12, 2009
HTML EMBED:
COPY
Fallout: The Financial Crisis

Stimulus bill won’t protect everyone

Jeremy Hobson Feb 12, 2009
HTML EMBED:
COPY

TEXT OF STORY

Steve Chiotakis: Lawmakers could have a final vote on the reconciled stimulus package as soon as today. House and Senate leaders reached a deal worth $789 billion. Of course, we’ll hear a lot today about all the stuff that made it in to the bill. But let’s talk about one item that was taken out. Here’s Marketplace’s Jeremy Hobson.


Jeremy Hobson: The provision would have protected federal employees from retaliation if they blow the whistle on fraud or abuse. Employees who Danielle Brian of the Project on Government Oversight says would most likely be the first to spot wasteful spending of the stimulus money.

Danielle Brian: And what’s really extraordinary is the Congress recognized the need for whistleblowers in protecting state and local employees from retaliation if they disclose misconduct, but not federal employees.

Those who wanted the protection out of the bill have concerns about classified information getting out.
But Brian says that’s no reason to abandon the concept altogether.

Brian: Auditors, investigators, any formal analysis trying to find misconduct is never as successful as those whistleblowers on the inside who see it and want to do something about it.

The bill does call for a transparency Web site to be created that will allow people to see who’s getting stimulus contracts.

I’m Jeremy Hobson for Marketplace.

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.