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IGs push for greater whistleblower protections for contractors

Dr. Walter Tamosaitis, URS Corporation & Former Research & Technology Manager

Whistleblowers have saved taxpayers more than $27 billion since 1987 through the False Claims Act (FCA) award program. However, this program offers no protections to whistleblowers who witness waste, mismanagement and other illegalities, POGO Director of Public Policy Angela Canterbury will tell a Senate subcommittee today in a hearing. ~Dana Liebelson, POGO

Emily Kopp – (Federal News Radio) – December 7, 2011 – Walter Tamosaitis now works in a windowless basement office with two noisy copiers.It’s a far cry from his former job as the research and technology manager at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, a $13 billion Energy Department project in Washington state that, when completed, will be the biggest nuclear waste treatment plant in the world.

He is being punished for raising safety concerns about the plant’s construction, Tamosaitis told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight Tuesday.

“It’s a very visible example of what happens if you speak up,” he said.

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Second company sued in SSG Ryan Maseth electrocution death

Second company sued in Shaler soldier’s electrocution
By Robin Acton
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cheryl Harris and SSG Ryan Maseth

Cheryl Harris and SSG Ryan Maseth

The parents of a Shaler, PA Green Beret electrocuted in his shower in Iraq in 2008 filed a federal lawsuit Monday against a San Francisco firm that once maintained electrical systems in his living quarters.

Douglas Maseth of Allison Park, PA and Cheryl Harris of Cranberry, PA are seeking unspecified damages of more than $75,000 in their wrongful death lawsuit against URS Corp., formerly Washington Group International.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, 24, died on Jan. 2, 2008, when an improperly grounded electric water pump in his quarters in the Radwaniyah Palace Complex shorted out and sent an electrical current through metal pipes into his shower. Read the remainder of this entry »