Blum Leads Effort To Retain Special Counsel Lerner
WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with the three other Co-Chairs of the bipartisan House Whistleblower Protection Caucus, authored a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in support of Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner’s nomination to serve a second term. Ms. Lerner leads the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the federal agency charged with protecting federal whistleblowers from retaliation.
Congressman Blum, along with Co-Chairs Rep. Mike Coffman, Rep. Kathleen Rice, and Rep.Jackie Speier said:
“As Co-Chairs of the House Whistleblower Protection Caucus, we believe strongly that whistleblowers are crucial to the exposure of waste, fraud, and abuse in the Federal Government. All federal employees should feel safe to report violations without fear of retaliation — which is exactly why the mission of OSC is so important.
Under Ms. Lerner's leadership, OSC has increased both the number of claims it investigates and the number of cases resolved. OSC has won bipartisan praise for its work, including resolving multiple cases of retaliation against whistleblowers at the Veterans Administration, resulting in meaningful reforms meant to improve the care of our nation's veterans. We believe Ms. Lerner has earned a second term.”
Read the full letter here
This effort comes a month after the House recently and unanimously passed Rep. Blum’s legislation to reauthorize the Office of Special Counsel. For more on that legislation and Rep. Blum’s continued efforts to protect whistleblowers please visit: https://blum.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/drain-swamp-us-house-passes-rep-blums-whistleblower-protection-bill
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman from Iowa’s 1st District.
He is a member of the Oversight and Small Business Committees
and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade.