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Speaker Pelosi Announces Inaugural Director of Office of Whistleblower Ombudsman

On Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) named the first-ever director of the Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman, an office established this Congress to handle confidential information from whistleblowers about government wrongdoing.

Shanna Devine, who previously worked at public interest organization Public Citizen, was announced as the inaugural director of the office.

The Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman will provide best practices to House offices who receive whistleblower complaints. This program will effectively establish a reporting system for whistleblowers, help maintain the confidentiality of those reporting, and advise the staff of appropriate laws and policies that protect the information provided by the whistleblowers.

“Whistleblowers shine a bright light on malfeasance in our government and the private sector,” Pelosi said in her statement. “There has long been a bipartisan commitment to protecting the voices of those who speak the truth and put their livelihoods on the line to root out waste, fraud, and abuse.”

The Office will be an independent and nonpartisan office, with the director chosen by the Speaker of the House in consultation with the chairs and ranking members of the Committees on House Administration and Oversight and Reform.

Ben Kostyack contributed to this article

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Mary Jane Wilmoth is the firm’s managing partner, and works closely with the partners at KKC, specializing in environmental and nuclear whistleblower protection, Qui Tam/False Claims litigation, and labor and employment law. She joined the firm in 1992, and works on cases and hearings that involve complex nuclear and environmental regulations. In her efforts to assure such safeguards are upheld in the American workplace, she has helped to strengthen whistleblower rights in licensing and enforcement proceedings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has also defended whistleblowers at...

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