WV GOP Reminds Potential Routergate Whistleblowers......

Updated 7 years ago From a Release by WV GOP
WV GOP Reminds Potential Routergate Whistleblowers......

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Did your WV State Government supervisor commit fraud with Federal Stimulus money? Are you aware of waste in the BTOP/RouterGate program?

Did Governors Earl Ray Tomblin, Joe Manchin or their staffs ask you to hide documents or cover up evidence?

Now, thanks to President Obama's American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), you can get legal, whistleblower protection if you truthfully report bosses or co-workers for wasting tax dollars from the Stimulus. These rules are online at: http://www.recovery.gov/Contact/ReportFraud/Pages/WhistleBlowerInformati...

"Members of the Tomblin Administration have previously refused to release files related to the spending of these more than $126 million Federal tax dollars," said West Virginia Republican Chairman Conrad Lucas.

"The damaging report they spent $118,000 of our money on stated that the entire RouterGate mess was a waste of money. We are sure that there is more to this. If you are a state employee, if you saw fraud, you have a responsibility to report it to the authorities.  This can be done with no fear of a corrupt government official firing you."

The whistleblower portions of the Recovery Act protect non-Federal workers from reprisals when they report wrong-doing. This includes state employees and even workers for companies who provided goods or services under the BTOP grant.


"Did Chief of Staff Rob Alsop state that this program was not a massive waste of money and try to delay investigations? Did program director Jimmy Gianato direct fiber optic lines and equipment to buildings with just one or two computers," asked Lucas. "Did Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette steer a consulting contract to a company he used to represent as a lobbyist? When did Governor Tomblin know this program was a massive failure and why did he keep lying about it for nearly a year?"


State employees or contractors with knowledge of fraud and waste from RouterGate can contact the following offices/officials to report their documented stories without fear of reprisals:


a  Member of Congress, a State or Federal regulatory or law enforcement agency, a person with supervisory authority over the employee (or such other person working for the employer who has the authority to investigate, discover, or terminate mis-conduct), a court or grand jury, the head of a Federal agency, or their representatives, an inspector general, the Comptroller General.

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