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  • Department of Justice Seeks Dismissal of Whistleblowers' Case Against FDA

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by several current and former agency employees after FDA allegedly spied on their whistleblowing activities to members of Congress and other oversight agencies. DOJ's motion, filed on 1 October-almost exactly a year after the case was first filed-seeks dismissal based on a "lack of jurisdiction." Bloomberg explains DOJ argues that an...
  • Court Orders FDA to Release Thousands of Documents on Surveillance Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been ordered by a federal judge to release thousands of documents to an attorney representing former employees of the agency who now allege they were the subject of an illegal surveillance program. Judge James Boasberg of the District Court of DC sided with the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) at the 23 July hearing, and has ordered the agency to turn over more than 4,000 pages of documents related to the case to NWC by...
  • Investigation into FDA Reveals 'Enemies List,' Extensive Monitoring Practices

    An investigation into the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by The New York Times has revealed the agency established an extensive monitoring program aimed at both restricting leaks of confidential information and establishing what The Times refers to as "an enemies list of sorts." The agency is currently under investigation--and is being sued by--various groups who allege the agency spied on its own employees, violating both whistleblower protection laws and v...