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WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight has learned from sources that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has drafted a 1,300 page document attempting to justify a rule pursuing citizens for the private sale of firearms. Empower has also learned from its sources that the drafting of the document is reportedly being overseen by Senior

After 5 Years of Requests, 1 Lawsuit and More Than 500 Documents Released, DOJ Still Won’t Answer Al Jazeera-FARA Questions 

WASHINGTON – After nearly five years of congressional requests, official Freedom of Information Act filings and litigation, it still remains a mystery as to why the Justice Department has yet to require Al Jazeera to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), despite asking the Qatari government funded entity to do so more than 3

Empower Oversight: FBI is Breaking the Law in its Retaliation Against Whistleblower Marcus Allen

WASHINGTON – Documents received from the FBI regarding the employment and security clearance of Whistleblower Marcus Allen show clear retaliation for whistleblowing in violation of numerous statutes. In a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Office of Professional Responsibility Counsel Jeffrey Ragsdale, Empower President Tristan Leavitt asked the offices to investigate whether

FBI Retaliation Against Employee Highlighted in New Filing by Empower Oversight to OPR, IG

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Empower Oversight is pressing the Justice Department Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate retaliation against an FBI unit chief and program manager after she made protected disclosures to her chain of command. Monica Shillingburg, a program manager and unit chief at the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System

FBI Says “Bah Humbug!” to Charity for Whistleblower’s Family at Christmas

WASHINGTON – The spirit of old Ebenezer Scrooge—the cold-hearted miser in the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol—rules the FBI this holiday season as the Bureau is asserting the authority to block the family of an FBI whistleblower from accepting charitable gifts from the general public. The claim is reminiscent of Scrooge’s scorn for private

IRS Whistleblowers are “Public Servants Who Stood Up for the Truth”

WASHINGTON – In the newly released transcript of the House Ways and Means Committee from the most recent closed-door testimony of IRS Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley and Special Agent Joseph Ziegler, committee members praised their public service for exposing “two-tiered justice system in America.” This testimony occurred before the Justice Department indicted Hunter Biden

Whistleblowers Shapley, Ziegler Issue Joint Statement

IRS Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley and Special Agent Joseph Ziegler issued the following statement. “Eight months ago we did something ordinary people don’t do: we risked our careers and reputations to bring the truth out of the shadows and into the light. We were moved solely by our consciences, yet faced continual attacks. Nevertheless,