In the wake of new confidential whistleblower allegations, U.S. Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is encouraging individuals with knowledge of misconduct—such as harassment, discrimination, or retaliation—at Federal financial regulators and other agencies in the Committee’s jurisdiction to report such information confidentially to the Committee.

“It has come to my attention through confidential whistleblowers that federal employees at multiple agencies…have alleged experiencing harassment, discrimination, or other forms of abuse by agency officials in recent months,” Ranking Member Toomey wrote in a letter to the National Treasury Employees Union.

“In an effort to help address any federal employee mistreatment, I request that you advise employees at the agencies you represent that they may confidentially contact my Committee staff with any information they possess concerning misconduct or abuse, such as harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, as well as the wasteful use of taxpayer dollars and fraud in federal programs,” the senator continued.

In May, Committee staff launched a new whistleblower resource to encourage individuals possessing information concerning the wasteful use of taxpayer dollars, fraud in federal programs, abuse—such as harassment, discrimination, or retaliation—or any other misconduct occurring within the Federal government to report such information to the Committee.

In June, the press reported that the Biden administration was removing senior career officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in order to replace them with handpicked loyalists, raising the question of whether the agency potentially violated civil service protections. Since then, the Committee has received reports of misconduct occurring across federal agencies within the Committee’s jurisdiction.

To share such information with Committee staff, whistleblowers may email RepWhistleblowers@banking.senate.gov or call 202-224-4287. Individuals are encouraged to include their agency or organization, details of their allegation, and a phone number or email address they may be reached. Information submitted to the Committee will remain confidential.

Read Ranking Member Toomey’s full letter below.

Anthony Reardon
President
National Treasury Employees Union
800 K Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20001

Dear President Reardon:

It has come to my attention through confidential whistleblowers that federal employees at multiple agencies covered by the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and represented by the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), have alleged experiencing harassment, discrimination, or other forms of abuse by agency officials in recent months. As the president of the NTEU, I trust that you share my view that no federal employee should be mistreated by a manager or senior employee in the course of carrying out government duties, and that individuals who unlawfully harass, discriminate, or retaliate against federal employees should be held to account.

In an effort to help address any federal employee mistreatment, I request that you advise employees at the agencies you represent that they may confidentially contact my Committee staff with any information they possess concerning misconduct or abuse, such as harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, as well as the wasteful use of taxpayer dollars and fraud in federal programs. To share such information with my Committee staff, individuals may email RepWhistleblowers@banking.senate.gov or call 202-224-4287. Information submitted to my Committee staff will remain confidential.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Pat Toomey
Ranking Member

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