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Price of coming forward: 37 VA whistle-blowers claim retaliation

Veterans & soldiers, Whistleblowers

By Joshua Rhett Miller

Published June 06, 2014

Fox News.com

The joint effort by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) aims to “bring accountability” to the department by allowing whistleblowers to expose corruption anonymously.

Dozens of Veterans Affairs workers who have come forward with stories of mismanagement and patient abuse say they have faced retaliation within the scandal-scarred agency, according to federal investigators.

In one case, a VA employee with a spotless record over two decades was suspended after reporting patients had been inappropriately restrained, according to one of 37 such complaints filed with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). In another case, an employee claimed to have been demoted after disclosing alleged mishandling of patient care funds. The employee was temporarily reassigned and an investigation is still ongoing, OSC officials said.

The complaints, which involved VA facilities in 19 states, appear to show a culture that discourages whistle-bowing, said officials at the OSC, which is probing the claims.

“That fear is pervasive. But when there’s this much smoke, there’s often fire.”

– Joe Newman, Project on Government Oversight

“Receiving candid information about harmful practices from employees will be critical to the VA’s efforts to identify problems and find solutions,” Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said in a statement Thursday. “However, employees will not come forward if they fear retaliation.”

The OSC is an independent investigative and prosecutorial agency that polices treatment of federal employees and job applicants, focusing specifically on enforcement of the Whistleblower Protection Act.

The investigation of the claims of retribution does not include a separate OSC review of 49 employee reports related to waiting lists and other issues at 152 hospitals and more than 1,700 other VA sites nationwide. Some facilities have been accused of doctoring their books to hide the fact that patients died while languishing on waiting lists to see doctors.

Joe Newman, spokesman of the Project on Government Oversight, an activist group that launched its own VA-related whistle-blower website last month, said it’s not surprising that bureaucrats are coming down on employees who come forward to help the agency reform.

“That fear is pervasive,” Newman told FoxNews.com, adding that most sources do not wish to be identified. “But when there’s this much smoke, there’s often fire.”

As of Thursday, at least 640 submissions have been received by VAOversight.org since May 15, Newman said, with the majority of those coming from veterans themselves and relatives. Roughly 20 percent of those, he said, were from current and former VA employees who had valid gripes.

“So they can’t all be classified as whistle-blower submissions, but we’re in the process of investigating some of those claims,” Newman said. “We’re not looking to make quick media hits. Our main goal is to analyze the systemic problems and find what solutions we can come up with.”

In a third case involving yet another facility, a VA employee at another facility received a seven-day suspension after telling the inspector general’s office about improper scheduling and coding procedures.

None of the whistle-bowers or their VA facilities of employment were disclosed by the OSC.

Former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned last month following widespread criticism over excessive waiting periods for care and falsified records at VA facilities nationwide that provide medical care to about 9 million veterans and family members. Shinseki, a former Army chief of staff and four-star general, also promised prior to his exit that whistle-blowers would not be penalized for speaking up.

“I can’t explain the lack of integrity among some of the leaders of our healthcare facilities,” Shinseki told a conference on homeless veterans last month. “This is something I rarely encountered during 38 years in uniform.

“I will not defend it because it is indefensible. But I can take responsibility for it, and I do,” he continued. “Given the facts I now know, I apologize as the senior leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs.’’

Veterans in Phoenix, for example, waited an average 115 days for appointments, or five times longer than the Phoenix VA had reported, the VA’s acting inspector general, Richard Griffin, told a Senate committee last month.

Griffin said his office is now probing more than 40 of the VA’s 1,700 health care facilities nationwide.

The VA’s acting new boss, meanwhile, said Thursday that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic VA appointment list have died. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said he would ask Griffin to see if there is any indication those deaths were related to long wait times. Gibson said he was unsure whether the 18 new deaths were related to wait times, but said they were in addition to the 17 reported last month. If so, they would reach out to those veterans’ families.

“I will come personally and apologize to the survivors,” Gibson said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/06/price-coming-forward-37-va-whistle-blowers-charge-retaliation/-for-bergdahl-in-200/  

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Another Federal Biologist resigns over bad government science

Federal gov & land grabs, Sham Science, Whistleblowers

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/5022780/ns/us_news-environment/t/federal-biologist-resigns-over-fish-kill/

Federal biologist resigns over fish kill

Controversy centers on battle with farmers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal biologist who said his team’s advice was illegally ignored prior to a massive 2002 Klamath River fish kill has resigned, accusing the government of politicizing scientific decision-making and misleading the public.

Michael Kelly had sought federal whistleblower protection after he complained the Bush administration violated the Endangered Species Act by pressuring for altered scientific findings by the review team he led for the National Marine Fisheries Service, now NOAA Fisheries.

“My efforts were ultimately unproductive,” Kelly laments in his resignation letter, released Wednesday through Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which represented Kelly in the whistleblower case first reported by The Associated Press. “Threatened coho salmon in the Klamath basin still do not have adequate flow conditions to assure their survival.”

Kelly alleged his team’s recommendations were twice rejected as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation imposed lower water levels than were scientifically justified.

California wildlife officials, environmentalists, fishermen and Indian tribes blame low water levels for the death of 33,000 salmon that fall, amounting to nearly a quarter of the projected fall run in the river flowing from south central Oregon through northwest California.

No internal inquiry, but court weighs in
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel declined to investigate Kelly’s complaint, saying it could neither prove “gross mismanagement” by NOAA Fisheries even if the agency relied on conflicting science nor prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the low water decision and the subsequent die-off.

Kelly’s testimony has since been key in a federal court ruling overturning the agency’s long-term water flow plan for the Klamath, though a decision allowing the government to proceed with its plans through 2008 is under appeal.

Kelly resigned from the agency’s Arcata, Calif., office Friday after nine years, saying Regional Manager Jim Lecky had again intervened in overturning his finding in the latest project to which he was assigned. He feared a repeat of his ethical predicament two years ago.

“It’s pretty broad brush, the way he paints it,” said NOAA Fisheries spokesman Jim Milbury. “Those are Mike’s opinions and beliefs. I don’t know that they’re shared by anyone else but him.” The agency is bound by rules and regulations that govern how it handles specific decisions, he said.

Pond project
The latest project is a proposal by the California Department of Fish and Game to rebuild a collapsed levee and re-establish a freshwater pond in what has become a salt marsh at the mouth of the Eel River. Kelly found that the marsh has become an important rearing area for young threatened chinook salmon and other species.

He objects in his letter that the state agency appears to want to turn it back into a freshwater pond mainly to concentrate ducks for convenient hunting. Karen Kovacs, a senior state biologist supervisor, said the state manages the 2,200-acre Eel River Wildlife Area for all aquatic wildlife — freshwater and saltwater — and to that end wants to re-establish a 120-acre pond that collapsed six years ago, while leaving 200 acres as a salt marsh.

Kelly is the latest in a recent string of scientists to accuse the Bush administration of substituting policy for science, charges the administration denies.

In his Tuesday resignation letter, he accuses his agency of doing so in recent decisions not to list the green sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act; counting hatchery raised salmon along with wild salmon in protection decisions; and an attempt, since blocked by a judge, to alter the definition of dolphin-safe tuna.

Kelly’s resignation letter is online at www.peer.org/california/kellyresignation.html.

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More Whistles Sound on Klamath River Science

Federal gov & land grabs, Sham Science, Whistleblowers

http://www.tworiverstribune.com/2013/01/more-whistles-sound-on-klamath-river-science/

Two Rivers Tribune.com

The Klamath River./TRT File Photo

By KRISTAN KORNS, Two Rivers Tribune

Seven biologists claim “coercive threats” are being used to censor scientific reports and to silence scientists working for the Bureau of Reclamation.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a complaint Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 with the Department of the Interior on behalf of the seven scientists.

PEER wrote in their complaint that the Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office Manager Jason Phillips had sent a memo threatening to shut down that office’s Fisheries Resources Branch because their scientific studies had been “causing problems” for other agencies.

Jeff Ruch, executive director of PEER, said, “This was used as a way to intimidate them and put them in line.”

Pete Lucerno, public affairs officer for the Mid-Pacific Region Bureau of Reclamation, said Phillips’ memo could have been worded better, but was only intended to open a line of discussion with the scientists and their union.

“The Bureau’s new Regional Director David Murillo, who came on in mid-December, is working with Jason [Phillips] to see how best to maximize our resources,” Lucerno said. “This is clearly a case of reorganizing for efficiency’s sake to meet our mission.”

In the memo sent out in November, Phillips recommended shifting research and data collection for the Klamath area over to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Phillips wrote, “Stakeholders in the Klamath Basin, including tribes, other agencies, and interest groups, view studies performed by USGS and other scientific entities, such as universities, as credible.”

“Unfortunately, this is not the case of the studies carried out by KBAO,” Phillips wrote.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairman Leonard Masten Jr. said, “Recent claims of retribution by government scientists come as no surprise.”

“The Bureau of Reclamation has used bad science in the past,” Masten said. “No one living on the Klamath can forget the Bush administration decision to manipulate science in 2002 and the subsequent death of 60,000 salmon.”

In 2002, water was diverted away from the Klamath to desperate Oregon farmers during a drought, despite Endangered Species Act regulations designed to protect the river’s fish.

By September 2002, tens of thousands of fish were dead and rotting along the banks of the river.

Then lead biologist on the Klamath for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Mike Kelley blew the whistle on what he characterized as political pressure to ignore or reverse science findings.

“I believed, both personally and professionally, that our agency had violated the law during the Klamath River ESA [Endangered Species Act] section 7 consultation,” Kelley said.

Kelley’s team had just delivered a report outlining the lowest possible flows for survival of Coho salmon, when his supervisor received a call and stepped out of the room.
When the supervisor returned, he cut the estimated flows in half.

It was later revealed by The Washington Post that unprecedented political pressure had been brought by then Vice President Dick Cheney in support of Oregon farmers.

The political pressure included direct phone calls from Cheney to officials far down the chain of command in the Interior Department, to handle “this Klamath situation.”

More recently, hydrologist Paul Hauser, a science advisor and scientific integrity officer for the Bureau of Reclamation, said he was dismissed from his post in February 2012 in retaliation for exposing “intentional falsification” and “biased summarization” of scientific results.

“The expectation for employees to compromise scientific integrity in support of Departmental missions and goals, and to engage in systematic reprisal when an employee questions the Department’s scientific integrity, is clearly an abuse of authority,” Hauser said.

Lucerno said possible reorganization of the Fisheries Resources Branch had nothing to do with scientific misconduct or reprisal, but is a way to avoid wasting resources or duplicating the efforts of other agencies.

“If Fish and Wildlife is doing scientific research, why do we need to continue to do the same research when we have other things these guys could be doing?” Lucerno said.

Lucerno added that every employee would continue to work, but the work would change if other agencies took on future studies in the region.

“Some could shift over to overseeing grants for outside agencies that do science for us,” Lucerno said.

Ruch said he viewed Phillips’ memo as an implied threat.

“They’re sort of being told ‘make nice, or you’ll all go,’” Ruch said.

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IRS Rewards UBS Whistleblower with $104M Payout

Federal gov & land grabs, Whistleblowers

The Blaze

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has awarded an ex-banker $104 million for providing information about overseas tax cheats — the largest amount ever awarded by the agency, lawyers for the whistleblower announced Tuesday.

Former Swiss banker Bradley Birkenfeld is credited with exposing widespread tax evasion at Swiss bank UBS AG. Birkenfeld himself served roughly two and-a-half years in prison for a fraud conspiracy conviction related to the case, which resulted in a $780 million fine against the bank and an unprecedented agreement requiring UBS to turn over thousands of names of suspected American tax dodgers to the IRS.

“The IRS today sent 104 million messages to whistleblowers around the world — that there is now a safe and secure way to report tax fraud and that the IRS is now paying awards,” Birkenfeld’s lawyers, Stephen M. Kohn and Dean A. Zerbe, said in a statement. “The IRS also sent 104 million messages to banks around the world — stop enabling tax cheats or you will get caught.”

PNP comment: Things can go well for Whistleblowers ! — Editor Liz Bowen

Read article at:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/irs-rewards-ubs-whistleblower-with-104m-payout/

 

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Marcia Armstrong explains connection with whistleblower Paul R. Houser Ph.D.

Endangered Species Act, Federal gov & land grabs, KBRA or KHSA, Klamath River & Dams, Oregon and Water, Paul R. Houser Ph.D. scientist, Politicians & agencies, Salmon and fish, Sham Science, Threats to agriculture, Water rights, Water, Resources & Quality, Whistleblowers

Ridin’ Point

By Marcia H. Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor – District 5

http://users.sisqtel.net/armstrng/

“Klamath Whistleblower” Part 1 of 2:

Recently, Paul Houser, Ph.D. met with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors (BoS) to discuss the science of the Klamath dam removal studies. Houser has a degree in hydrology and is an expert in hydrometeorology. He is currently a Professor at George Mason University.  He was the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BoR) Science Advisor and his duties included advice on peer review and scientific integrity.

In September of 2011, Dr. Houser was asked to review a press release and summary of the dam removal science. In his review, he felt that the documents were biased and the science was being spun or manipulated to support dam removal. Houser commented that science informs decisions and decision-makers should get a realistic summary of the risks.

When he transmitted his concerns, he was advised not to create a document that would be discoverable by Congress or a Freedom of Information Request (FOIA.) It was also indicated that his disclosure was not welcome because the Secretary of Interior wanted the dams removed. It became clear to Dr. Houser that the decision to remove the dams had already been made and the science was being manipulated to support a predetermined outcome.

Despite making his concerns known in writing, they were never addressed. The press release was changed slightly, but not the summary of the science. The BoR recategorized his position as probationary and eliminated his travel, training and mentoring. In February 2012, his Supervisor gave him the option of resigning or being terminated. He chose the later and has filed a complaint raising issues of biased science and scientific integrity with the Inspector General for Whistleblower Protection. The following Monday, the Secretary of Interior delayed the anticipated announcement on his decision whether or not to remove the Klamath dams, stating that Congress had not yet passed legislation giving him the authority to do so.

Citing examples of manipulated science to the BoS, Houser pointed out that the dam removal EIS/EIR (Environmental Impact Statement/Report) claims an expected 81.4% increase in Chinook population. The expert scientific panel actually indicated an expected possible increase of as much as 10% in chinook spawners due to 10 different factors, including water quality and significant restoration work in the tributaries. The 81.4% figure came from an un-peer reviewed report by a contractor, which had a huge range of uncertainty.

When asked by the BoS about his opinion concerning dam removal, Houser pointed out core water quality and temperature issues in the Upper Klamath that were limiting factors to salmon. He also expressed concern about the impacts of the sediment flush. He said that he believed that removing the dams was at best – risky, and at worst – tragic. One of the real issues is that the BoR failed to consider logical alternatives to dam removal, such as truck and haul or the fish bypass. Also, his Supervisor had been a long time lobbyist for Trout Unlimited, which posed an ethical conflict of interest.

Houser talked about how paid science can reflect the purchaser’s agenda. The wording of a hypothesis given to a scientist by an agency drives the science and can result in bias if it fails to consider all the options.  The government’s failure to do social and economic impact analysis also leads to imbalanced decisions and the failure to recognize trade-offs.

He talked about his concerns over how the dams would be breached and the remaining slow release of eroded fine sediment that would affect the river for years afterward. According to Houser, the habitat in the Upper Basin is not even good habitat for salmon and steelhead. He agreed with Supervisor Kobseff that a trial test of released hatchery salmon in the Upper Basin would be a prudent experiment before removing the dams. Houser also agreed that truck and haul was not a radical alternative and that it was being used in other rivers.

State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Benefit Fee: There will be a hearing by the CA Board of Forestry on the proposed draft permanent State Responsibility Area (SRA) fee on May 23 at the Shasta County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1450 Court Street, from 1-4 p.m.  As it currently stands, fee bills of $150.00 per per habitable structure are set to be sent to property owners on August 7. Property owners within the SRA and also within the boundaries of a local agency that provides fire protection services shall receive a reduction $35.00 per habitable structure. Written comments on the permanent regulations can be submitted anytime to the Board of Forestry at board.public.comments@fire.ca.gov or  Mr. George Gentry, Executive Officer , Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, P.O. Box 944246, Sacramento, CA 94244-2460

Ridin’ Point

By Marcia H. Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor – District 5

http://users.sisqtel.net/armstrng/

“Klamath Whistleblower” Part 2 of 2: 

Recently, Paul Houser, Ph.D. met with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors (BoS) to discuss the science of Klamath dam removal. Houser was the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BoR) Science Advisor and his duties included advice on peer review and scientific integrity.

According to Dr. Houser, politics has no place in science and if you are trusting science from the BoR, it comes with a political agenda. The expert panel reports were rather good in expressing the uncertainty and the risk of the impacts of dam removal. It was decision-makers higher up that were trying to change the science to match their political agenda. Houser also expressed some concern about the peer reviewers selected to review the science. In one case, a dam removal engineer was selected as a reviewer – bringing a possible predetermined bias and conflict of interest.

Supervisor Grace Bennett expressed concern that removal of the dams would eliminate their function as “settling ponds” in cleaning the river. Houser indicated that the water quality in the Upper Basin was impaired by phosphorus from volcanic soils. Studies have shown how the dams have cleaned up water quality. Without them, the poor water quality at Keno will be the water quality for the entire river. He also indicated that in the Upside down nature of the Klamath River, the Trinity River’s contribution to cold, clean water is extremely important. It appears to be treated as a separate river, instead of a vital part of the Klamath River system.

Houser had concerns for the toxicity of the sediment behind the dams. He said that it contained chemicals that had been used in the past that don’t break down easily. Once the dams are removed, a layer of from one to six feet of sediment would be deposited on the streambed downstream of the dams. The dam removal EIS/EIS (Environmental Impact Statement/Report) assumes that most of the sediment will stay in place. As has been shown with old mill dams in the Shenandoah, erosion over the years can caused a legacy of water quality problems into the future.

Surprisingly, there has been very little push back from his allegations from supporters of dam removal. When he was challenged to a debate by an environmentalist, he answered that he was going to argue in favor or scientific integrity and asked if the challenger was going to argue in favor of scientific misconduct.

In the delta smelt lawsuit, each side had its own scientists. The irrigator’s scientists tried to convince the judge that the fish’s needs allowed for flows to farmers. The agency’s scientists tried to convince the judge that every drop of water was needed for the fish. It was obvious what the biases were and the judge had to decide between them. He blasted the federal scientists. He told them that they were being paid by the tax payer and were obligated to look at all sides, good or bad, and provide unbiased and balanced information upon which to base a decision.

In the case of the Klamath, Houser indicated that the local scientists he had spoken with are disgusted with what has happened with science on the Klamath. Houser would like to do an independent peer review and take a look at what we do know and what we still need to know.

Supervisor Bennett indicated that the local fish passage idea had been turned down out of hand by the CA Dept of Fish and Game and BoR. Houser stated that the fish passage idea looked like a good creative idea if it would deliver fish to suitable habitat. Engineering makes sense in other areas with high tech elevators, etc., why not on the Klamath?

Natural Resource Specialist Ric Costales asked whether or not working in a hotbed of political pressures was just par for the course for scientists. Houser indicated that the Klamath was particularly egregious because the Secretary had made the decision to remove the dams years before in 2009 and had implemented a process masquerading as a scientific process to justify it.

County Counsel Tom Guarino stated that the BoS had long been concerned about the quality of Klamath science and had insisted that reference to the President’s March 9, 2009, Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on “scientific integrity” be included in the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. Dr. Houser indicated that, as BoR advisor for scientific integrity, he was required to follow these Presidential orders.

In regard to his formal complaint to the Inspector General for Whistleblower Protection on the scientific bias and lack of integrity, Houser stated that he had also included Siskiyou County’s concerns raised in its comments on the dam removal EIS/EIR

 

 

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‘Whistleblower’ will speak about Klamath dam removals; scientist’s advice opposed their removal

Agriculture, Agriculture - California, Bi-State Alliance, Dept. Fish & Game, Endangered Species Act, Federal gov & land grabs, KBRA or KHSA, Klamath River & Dams, Paul R. Houser Ph.D. scientist, Sham Science, Whistleblowers

PNP comment: As a preface to this article, Dr. Paul R. Houser’s whistleblower complaint is moving forward. It has been deemed to “have merit.” And he really didn’t oppose the removal of the dams, he questioned the flaws in the science being used to promote the destruction of the dams. — Editor Liz Bowen

  • By Alayna Shulman

  • Posted May 4, 2012 at 11:44 p.m.

  • Redding Record Searchlight

A federal agency’s former scientific integrity adviser who filed a whistle-blower complaint in February, saying he was fired for his findings on a controversial proposal to remove dams in Siskiyou County, will speak at a meeting Monday in Yreka.

Paul R. Houser will address his complaint at the meeting of the Cal-Ore Bi-State Alliance at 6:30 p.m. in the Flower Building of the Siskiyou County fairgrounds, 1712 Fairlane Road.

Houser filed the complaint with the Department of the Interior in late February.

This week, Houser, who lives in Maryland and teaches at George Mason University in Virginia, said the chance of his case succeeding seems slim, but he’s not giving up hope that his complaint will be acknowledged.

“The success rate of cases like mine is very low,” he said. “The laws are pretty stacked against employees, and even though … I took all this training about the No FEAR Act and whistle-blower protection … when it comes down to it, I’m finding that the protection is much weaker than they claim.”

Kate Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Department of the Interior, said in an email to the Record Searchlight that Houser’s complaint is still being reviewed.

Houser said attorneys he has met with have estimated it would cost at least $50,000 to pursue a legal case if his complaint is denied, and he’s hoping for pro bono legal representation if that’s what happens.

He was hired by the Bureau of Reclamation in April 2011 to check the integrity of studies on the Klamath dam removal.

Much more to read:

http://www.redding.com/news/2012/may/04/whistleblower-will-speak-about-klamath-dam/

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Great meeting and reminders from POW

Agriculture - California, Coordination process OR -- Fred K. Grant, Dept. Fish & Game, Federal gov & land grabs, KBRA or KHSA, Klamath River & Dams, Lawsuits, Paul R. Houser Ph.D. scientist, Siskiyou County, State gov, Whistleblowers, Wildlife, Wolves

Paul R. Houser, Ph.D. presented his story and facts of why he filed an official “whistleblower” complaint against the federal government at the meeting in Klamath Falls last night, May 6. We had about 170 people there.

Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett introduced Dr. Houser and Klamath Tea Party chairman, Jack Charltin, hosted the meeting.

Tonight, Monday, May 7th

next meeting with Dr. Paul R. Houser

Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds

in Yreka at I-5 Exit 773

Time: 6:30 p.m.

MC – Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey

Come and hear what Dr. Houser has to say. It is well worth it.

Other meetings to remember:

Siskiyou County Farm Bureau’s lawsuit vs CA. Dept. of Fish and Game

will be heard on Tuesday, May 8

at the Siskiyou County Courthouse

Time is 9 a.m.

Also

Several important agenda items at the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisor’s meeting

on Tuesday, May 8 at the Siskiyou County Courthouse

Time is 10 a.m.

Important agenda items:

Leo Bergeron is trying to start the process for the Ordinance to prohibit wolves in Siskiyou County

Item 10G – County could lose right of Coordination with BLM & U.S.Forest Service !!!

Item 10H – Pacific Corp.’s annual KSHA Status Report – (interesting)

 

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Fired scientist Dr. Paul R. Houser will speak in Klamath and Siskiyou May 6-7

Bi-State Alliance, Paul R. Houser Ph.D. scientist, Whistleblowers

Attend  a  meeting with

Federal Whistleblower

Paul R. Houser, Ph.D.

 

Sunday, May 6 in Klamath Falls at Triad School

2450 Summers Lane

Time is: 5 p.m.

or

Monday, May 7 in Yreka at Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds

East side of I-5 at Exit 773

Time is: 6:30 p.m.

In February, Dr. Houser was fired for his allegations of scientific and scholarly misconduct regarding the federal government’s environmental reports on the Klamath dams. He then sent a letter to the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors asking for support.

Dr. Houser was hired by the Bureau of Reclamation in April of 2011 to serve as the agency’s top ranked scientist and was one of the highest ranking scientists in the entire federal government.

His job was to review and insure the scientific data, integrity and honesty in the Klamath dam removal project. But federal government officials didn’t like his conclusions and he faced internal reprisal and then employment termination.

“We are showing our support for Dr. Houser and invite the public to attend these meetings,” said Frank Tallerico, a leader of the Bi-State Alliance. “Come and listen. He has much to tell us.”

Science is the issue.

Local citizens have long complained that fraudulent science is being used by government agencies to advocate the destruction of four hydro-electric dams on the Klamath River. Three of these dams are in California and the J.C. Boyle dam is on the Oregon side.

Sponsored by Cal-Ore Bi-State Alliance

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Whistleblower to talk in Klamath

Federal gov & land grabs, Sham Science, Whistleblowers

http://pioneer.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/HeraldandNews/

Anti-dam removal groups back appearance 

By LEE JUILLERAT

H&N Regional Editor

April 11, 2012

     A scientist who filed a whistleblower complaint after being fired from his job advising the Bureau of Reclamation on ethical issues, including impact studies on removing four Klamath River dams, will talk next month during public appearances in Klamath Falls and Yreka.

   Paul Houser, an associate professor at George Mason University, will speak at meetings arranged by the Cal-Ore Bi-State Alliance. The alliance is paying for Houser’s appearances.

   The Klamath Falls meeting is 5 p.m., Sunday, May 6 at Triad School, 2450 Summers Lane.

   The Yreka meeting is 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 7 at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds. Siskiyou County Supervisor Jim Cook also invited Houser to speak at the supervisors’ May 8 meeting.

   In a whistleblower complaint filed Feb. 24, Houser said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar indicated his support for removing the dams, a key requirement to implement the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

   Because of Salazar’s support, Houser believes “the Department of the Interior has likely followed a course of action to construct such an outcome.”

   Kate Kelley, deputy communications director with Interior’s Washington, D.C., office, said Houser’s complaints remain under review.

   She said an independent peer review panel that evaluated the   accuracy and objectivity of the Klamath Overview Report’s scientific findings determined it generally “connects to the sound science that underlies its conclusions.”

   Draft report released

   The draft Klamath Overview Report was issued in January as part of multi-step scientific investigation aimed at providing Salazar with information on whether studies should continue on removing the four dams. More than 150 federal, state and other scientists, engineers and technical experts were involved in conducting studies and preparing the report.

   Organizers of Houser’s visits said they question the credibility of science in the dam studies and believe Houser was fired because he questioned the integrity of the dam removal study process. Houser was hired in April 2011 by the Bureau of Reclamation to review and insure the scientific data and credibility in the Klamath River dam removal project.

   The Bi-State Alliance, a group started by the Siskiyou County Water Users and Siskiyou County Republican Central Committee, recently merged with Klamath Basin groups that oppose the KBRA and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, including the Klamath Off-Project Water Users, Klamath Bucket Brigade and individual irrigators, according to Off-Project president Tom Mallams.

   “He validates what we’ve said all along,” Mallams said of Houser’s allegations of fraudulent science.

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Whistleblower to talk about case in Klamath Falls

Endangered Species Act, Federal gov & land grabs, KBRA or KHSA, Klamath River & Dams, Paul R. Houser Ph.D. scientist, Salmon and fish, Whistleblowers

PNP comment: Wow, I was interviewed. I also sent in a Press Release on Paul R. Houser Ph.D. coming to Klamath and Siskiyou and this is all the Herald and News printed?  Oh yeah, Herald & News signed on as supporters of the KBRA. Check out KBRA = Jobs site, which is nothing but biased propaganda! And there is also much more to the Whistleblower complaint. — Editor Liz Bowen

 

Herald and News

Klamath Falls, Oregon

April 9, 2012

A scientist who filed a whistleblower complaint after being fired as an advisor to the Bureau of Reclamation on ethical issues will talk about his case during public appearances in Klamath Falls and Yreka.

Dr. Paul Houser will speak at meetings hosted by the Cal-Ore Bi-State Alliance, including a 5 p.m., May 6, session at Triad School in Klamath Falls.

In February, Houser said in his complaint he was fired because he believed statements by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar supporting removal of four Klamath River dams predetermined results of scientific studies that support dam removal.

 

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