House passes Legislation strengthening whistleblower protections

October 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 16, 2017, U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, wrote in an email to constituents that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill protecting federal whistleblowers from retaliation.

Congresswoman Roby wrote, “I’m proud to report that last week the House unanimously passed legislation that will strengthen penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, add protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation, and ensure that all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.”
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Doing our duty as free press

October 16, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As is often the case, one country’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter; and likewise, one person’s anonymous source is a patriot and someone else’s traitor.

Like much in politics, traitor versus patriot largely depends on who’s blowing the whistle and who’s caught up in the malaise. The press who reported weekly on the so-called scandal against Gov. Don Siegelman’s administration were heroes, and their confidential informants were simply whistleblowers doing their duty, according to state Republicans. But when APR spent four years chronicling the wrongdoings of then Speaker Mike Hubbard, we were liars and worse, and our sources, well, they were false and dishonest. Of course, during the Siegelman era, the same was said by the Democrats.

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Roby supports Whistleblower Protection Act

October 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of legislation that would secure greater protections for federal whistleblowers and increase penalties against those who retaliate against them.

S.585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act, strengthens penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, adds protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation and ensures all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.

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Roby Says that VA Accountability Act Increases Accountability and Protects Whistleblowers

September 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, September 14, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) expressed her support for HR5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act, which the Congresswoman says will give greater accountability for Veterans Affairs (VA) employees and stronger protections for whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing. The major VA (Veteran Affairs) reform legislation passed the US House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Congresswoman Roby, who co-sponsored the bill, said that the legislation will make a difference in improving care for veterans. After the systems of keeping two sets of books was exposed after a number of veterans in Arizona died while on the secret waiting lists, a subsequent investigation revealed that the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) was one of the worst actors in the entire country.
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If you talk, you walk. Really?

December 23, 2015

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Acting Finance Director Bill Newton does not work for Gov. Robert Bentley. He does not work for himself. He works for the taxpayers of Alabama and, as such, is wrong to prohibit state officials from speaking to the media in Alabama. That would be media that is trying to keep Alabama taxpayers informed.

Transparency means something else entirely to Newton and Bentley. And it’s not the dictionary definition of transparency, which is “the condition of being transparent.” “Transparent” itself, according to the dictionary is “allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen.”
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Roby Angry: “No More Excuses”

April 14, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 13, 2015 U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said that she wants to hear, “No more excuses” from the troubled VA Health Care System that serves Montgomery and Central Alabama.

Congresswoman Roby wrote to constituents, “Last week, the Associated Press reported that our VA hospitals in Montgomery and Tuskegee were worst and second worst in the nation for extended veteran appointment delays from September to February.”
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Criminal Investigators are at Work in Central Alabama VA Scandal

March 20, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 19 U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R from Montgomery) issued two statements after revelations that whistle blowers at the Central Alabama Veteran Health Care System (CAVHCS) have been retaliated against for their role in exposing the scandal and that Department of Veterans Affairs and Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin has admitted that criminal investigators within his department are currently at work in Central Alabama.
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