There are many variables that contribute to the current insider threat issue which could not be addressed in this short article. Some experts feel that the post 9/11 classification/reclassification of information also plays a part. In an independent survey of 300 Federal employees and college students, which I conducted for an academic paper on this topic, many agreed that whistleblowers are the true patriots but also acknowledged that whitsleblowing is not safe.Corresponding with these issues are the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General (DODIG) whose investigations into employee whistleblower reprisal for 2013-2015 did not meet statutory or timeliness goals for 83 percent of the cases. For example, DODIG's timeliness goals were 240 days, but the average length of investigations was closer to 608 days. This office also found that whistleblowers risk reprisal such as demotion, reassignment and firing. Recent developments in the offices and cases handling whistleblowers are not encouraging for individuals with grievances and have increased the likelihood that leaking will continue when only 5 percent of reported cases are investigated. In the OSC report, published in September 2017,the report also acknowledges that, "whistleblowers play an important role in safeguarding the federal government against waste, abuse and fraud. However, [they] also risk reprisal such as demotion and firing"
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