By Benjamin Goad - 08/12/14 04:39 PM EDT
Sens. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Trail 2016: GOP stages of grief Grassley: Trump would pick 'right type' of Supreme Court justice Advocacy group seeks probe into DOD statements on sexual assault MORE and Ron WydenRon WydenDefense tries to reverse guilty plea in FBI hacking case Treasury rejects pension cuts for Teamsters DOJ: Wyden misunderstanding law in fight over secret cyber memo MORE called on President Obama on Tuesday to release the findings of a Justice Department review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s regulations to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.
Grassley (Iowa), top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Wyden (D-Ore.) say they have learned that the report was delivered in June but not shared with lawmakers.
Citing “a history of whistleblower retaliation” at the FBI, Grassley said federal lawmakers must be allowed to see the report.
“The FBI has had special rules for its own employees for decades that desperately need to be updated,” Wyden added. “It’s important for the Justice Department to explain whether they will fix this on their own, or if Congress needs to step in.”
The lawmakers pointed to reports that those who reported problems at the bureau have been confined to basement offices, given little work to do and had their reputations tarnished with “loss of effectiveness” labels.
Grassley and Wyden said that legislation could be needed to address those issues, based on the DOJ’s findings and a separate probe by the Government Accountability Office.