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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

Federal Employees Guide to Sharing Key Information with the Public

Washington - On February 16, 2017, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Congressman Don Beyer (D | Virginia) released the following resource guide for federal employees who wish to break the Administration’s communications blackout on federal agencies. The guide explains how to safely and responsibly share information, and encourages employees to "Know Your Rights" and "Know Your Options." In the "Know Your Rights" section, federal employees can learn about which federal laws apply to them. In the "Know Your Options" section, employees can learn about how to safely disseminate information to agency inspectors general and the press. The resource guide also includes links to an in-depth list of federal whistleblower statutes and information about agency inspectors general. The full press release can be found here

-To download a PDF version of the resource guide, click here.

-For information on the Federal Inspectors General and how whistleblowers can report government fraud, waste and abuse, click here.

-For more information on federal employee protections, click here.

Additional Resources If You Are A Whistleblower:

  1. ProPublica: How To Leak To ProPublica
  2. The Washington Post: Here’s how to leak government documents to The Post
  3. The Intercept: The Intercept Welcomes Whistleblowers
  4. The New York Times: Confidential news tips
  5. The Guardian: Share stories with us securely and confidentially
  6. The Official SecureDrop Directory: Media Organizations that Securely Accept Documents from Anonymous Sources