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Sen. Grassley awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by ALA, other whistleblower groups

Today, May 17, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award by 25 whistleblower advocacy groups, including the American Library Association.

The award honors Grassley’s leadership in obtaining Congress’s approval of “landmark whistleblower protections in the False Claims Act, Civil Rights Tax Fairness Act, Whistleblower Protection Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.”

In his speech, Sen. Grassley emphasized the importance of S. 274, the Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act, which Grassley co-sponsored and which ALA strongly supports.

“Whistleblowers are true patriots,” Grassley said, “[They] allow for transparency, which is what government should be about; [they are] an important part of our system of checks and balances.”

The President of the National Whistleblower Center, Stephen M. Kohn, issued the following statement when announcing Sen. Grassley’s selection for the award:

“No other member of Congress has so consistently supported whistleblowers. For Senator Grassley, it never mattered if the President was a Democrat or Republican. It only mattered that the public safety was protected, that the taxpayers were not robbed and that government was responsive to its citizenry. His efforts have saved the taxpayers billions of dollars and have protected the careers of hundreds of honest employees who simply wanted to do their jobs and properly report misconduct.”

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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