An online presence for sharing potentially sensitive information about operations at federal transportation agencies was unveiled by a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said the web page provides a forum for individuals who are motivated to offer insight to his staff about the procedural machinations of the federal regulatory apparatus. The panel’s jurisdiction includes commercial transportation policy.
“Whistleblowers can play an integral role in an open and transparent government,” DeFazio said March 19. “I intend for this page to serve as a resource for anyone who has information to share, and for those who wish to do so anonymously. Congress has a constitutional duty to perform oversight, and my hope is this page helps us to do just that.”
According to the whistleblower page, which is found on the T&I Committee’s website, a whistleblower’s identity will be kept confidential. Additionally, the page explained, “Whistleblowers have identified wasteful spending, mismanagement by government officials and private entities, improved the safety of airlines and other modes of transportation, helped to ensure the integrity of critical projects, and saved lives.”
Users may either fill out a form on the web page, or submit feedback by phone or e-mail.