Support Organizations and
Resources for Whistleblowers
There are a growing number of support organizations and resources for whistleblowers across the country. These sources vary in their particular services and the type of employees that are covered. Federal employees and private workers in specific industries have access to hot lines and particular support organizations. For all potential whistleblowers, however, a growing listing of support organizations and resources is available on the World Wide Web. A keyword search of the word whistleblowing or whistleblower on the Internet will provide the most current listing of these resources. The most widely known support organizations for whistleblowers are summarized below.
The most visible support organization for whistleblowers is the Government Accountability Project (GAP). This organization has provided legal advice and assistance to thousands of citizens who expose wrongdoing involving threats to the public health and the environment ( GAP 1997b). Although only a small proportion of whistleblowers who contact GAP receive legal representation by staff attorneys, all callers are given some general assistance. GAP staff have developed an expertise in the following policy areas: (1) strengthening the fights and protections of whistleblowers, (2) en-