DHS Whistleblower: “I Will Sleep Better at Night”

The November 2 Washington Post story about abuse of overtime at the Department of Homeland Security estimated the loss at tens of millions of dollars a year. It contains a great quote that could be used in ethics training on Principle of Ethical Conduct 11, 5 C.F.R. 2635.101(b), “Employees shall disclose waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption to appropriate authorities”:

“It was such misuse that I felt I had a legal obligation to report. I will sleep better at night,” said Ducos Bello, a 24-year veteran of government employment. “It’s like a father who has a son who commits a crime and has to report it for the health of their child’s future.”

Thanks to Ombud Forum for drawing this to our attention. Ombud Forum is a new site supporting whistleblower ombudsmen appointed under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012.