By Benjamin Goad - 08/12/14 04:39 PM EDT
Sens. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyDefense bill renews fight over military sexual assault Reid knocks GOP over 'light' Senate schedule Overnight Tech: Facebook finds no bias but vows to change trending feature MORE and Ron WydenRon WydenSenate panel advances spy policy bill, after House approves its own version Overnight Cybersecurity: House to offer bill on government hacking powers House to offer bill blocking government hacking powers 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.