Carolyn Lerner and the Office of Special Counsel

Friday, January 27, 2012


Federal employees who blow the whistle about waste, fraud and abuse don’t have many friends (or protections) in the federal government.  But in June of 2011 they got a new ally in Carolyn Lerner, the new head of the Office of Special Counsel, tasked with protecting federal whistleblowers.  Lerner talks to Brooke about the strengths and weaknesses of her new post.

Comments [2]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

When I think whistle-blower, I don't think corporate or government, I think citizen. People such as Upton Sinclair, Rachel Carson and, of course, the premier whistle-blower of our times, Ralph (Unsafe at any speed) Nader. While it seems that he's made a fairly comfortable sets of arrangements for himself, flitting as he does around the nation, this office was not able to protect him from his whistle-blower status enough to assure his presence in the room no less up on the stage in a debate that by all rights should have included him.

Now he's working on a campaign to counter not Capitalism but Corporatism, an animal of a far more insidious nature. Go to to learn more.

Feb. 01 2012 02:56 PM
Tom Fiorillo

In some neighborhoods the admonition, "don't snitch," is intended to defy the law. How odd that the government tacitly supports the same concept.

Jan. 28 2012 06:58 AM

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