Monday, December 11, 2017

State auditor urges General Assembly to pass bill offering whistleblower protection

(From State Auditor Nicole Galloway)

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today urged the General Assembly to pass legislation restoring protections and adding safeguards for public employees who report inappropriate activity in the workplace. The bills, sponsored by Sen. Jill Schupp and Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, also include a provision to add transparency and taxpayer protections to state legal settlements.

"This legislation fights against a chilling effect that could undermine the state's ability to uncover wasteful, improper or illegal uses of taxpayer dollars," said Auditor Galloway. "Non-disclosure agreements as a part of state legal settlements, coupled with compromised protections for whistleblowers, allow improper government activity to be shrouded in secrecy."

“It’s time to do away with secrecy in Jefferson City. We should be secure in the knowledge that our tax dollars are being well-managed and that our public officials are held accountable for their actions," said Sen. Schupp. "This legislation promotes transparency and protects public employees who speak out for the best interests of Missourians. I urge my colleagues to advance this bill without delay.”

“When there is wrongdoing or mismanagement in government, those responsible will go to great lengths to keep the public in the dark,” said Rep. McCann Beatty. “State law must ensure that people with knowledge of official misdeeds are encouraged to come forward without fear of retaliation and prohibit imposing gag orders on victims to keep the details of taxpayer-funded legal settlements secret.”

Earlier this year, the Governor signed a law limiting legal protections for government workers who blow the whistle on improper or illegal activity in the workplace. The bill removed longstanding protections, putting state or local government workers who blow the whistle on wrongdoing at greater risk of being retaliated against or fired.

In September, Auditor Galloway released an audit of the state's Legal Expense Fund, which is the pool of money used to make payments stemming from lawsuits against the state. The report highlights how millions in taxpayer dollars are being spent on legal expenses with no system in place to track the amount and nature of payments. The audit found the state had spent more than $9 million over a six year period on employment discrimination cases.

State and public employees can use the Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline to share information on waste, fraud and mismanagement of taxpayer dollars. Reports are anonymous and protected by law. Individuals may contact the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline by emailing or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at


Anonymous said...

What do the citizens not realize that we are living in a state of constant surveillance by the republican party. Little by little your salaries, personal information and protections from their oversight is being removed and you people do not realize the danger on the horizon. Stupid cattle is all that these people that have voted in the republican party because it is what daddy did. The new republican party is not the one of the 40's, 50's or even the 60's. It is out to grab all the money and power they can to keep working class stiffs down under their thumb. Ever wonder why we have so few union shops? The workers make too much money, have too good a benefit package that only the upper white class should be allowed to have and enjoy. Your children will be side tracked into low paying jobs as we have in chicken plants and fast food restaurants because you gave them this power.

Harvey Hutchinson said...

Hey Anonymous 2:26
It’s not what my Daddy did; do your bigoted analysis I’d flawed from the gut go!!

Better put more thought in your position ( if you have the IQ to do so)

Harvey Hutchinson 303-522-6622 voice&text