McCaskill seeks accountability for Navy admiral who may have illegally retaliated against whisteblowers

Press Office of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill

McCaskill seeks accountability for Navy admiral who may have illegally retaliated against whisteblowers

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 26, 2015) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill today sent a letter to the Secretary of the Navy, asking for a full briefing on a Department of Defense watchdog investigation into allegations that Rear Admiral Brian L. Losey illegally retaliated against numerous subordinates he suspected to be whistleblowers raising the alarm on misconduct.

Today’s letter comes after a Washington Post article last week detailed the Navy’s decision to not act on the watchdog’s recommendation to discipline Losey for violating whistleblower-protection laws, and instead slate him for promotion.

“Whistleblowers play a critical role in protecting tax dollars by shining a light on waste, fraud, and abuse,” wrote McCaskill, a former Missouri State Auditor and the top-ranking Democrat on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. “That’s why I was disturbed to read… that Rear Admiral Losey is not being held accountable for actions he took against two employees… Failure to hold individuals accountable for taking actions against whistleblowers discourages others from coming forward, which is unacceptable.”

According to the Washington Post, Losey, who is a top official in the military’s Special Operations forces and currently leads the Naval Special Warfare Command, “was investigated five times by the Defense Department’s inspector general after subordinates complained that he had wrongly fired, demoted or punished them during a vengeful but fruitless hunt for the person who had anonymously reported him for a minor travel-policy infraction.” The article notes that the Navy reviewed the findings of these investigations, but determined that Losey acted within his authorities as a commander.

For a full text of the letter click HERE.

McCaskill has been a champion for eliminating wastefraud, and abuse in government and promoting the rights of whistleblowers who she has called the “taxpayers’ best friend.” Recently, she used a Senate hearing to press the Director of National Intelligence on the need for contractors in the intelligence community to have the same whistleblower protections as other federal intelligence employees, an aim she is also seeks to address through legislation.

Visit mccaskill.senate.gov/accountability to learn more about McCaskill’s fight for stronger accountability in Washington.

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