Press Release
July 9, 2021
Whistleblower organization is researching multiple insider tips already, led letter urging Biden to appoint new agency IG

WASHINGTON —  Just one week after launching, Empower Oversight Whistleblowers & Research (EMPOWR) is already making an impact on government accountability and whistleblower advocacy and is beginning to investigate multiple insider tips already received

The Hill wrote, “President Biden is coming under increasing pressure to fire the inspector general at a housing finance agency more than two months after a government report determined she had created a toxic work environment and even retaliated against colleagues.”

EMPOWR Founder & President Jason Foster told The Hill the White House’s inaction “is a disservice to the whistleblowers who spoke up years ago.”

After leading other nonpartisan government accountability and whistleblower advocacy nonprofits in sending a letter urging President Biden to name a temporary Inspector General to the Federal Housing Finance Agency and pressure from Empower Oversight, Inspector General Chief Counsel Leonard DePasquale, who an independent panel recommended for discipline for refusing to cooperate with the review of his office, “said he will not be serving as acting inspector general.”

What they are saying: 
Wall Street JournalWhistleblowers get new organizational support from Empower Oversight
Just the NewsVeteran investigators launch new watchdog group to assist ‘patriotic whistleblowers’
The FederalistWhistleblowing Experts Band Together To combat Elite Corruption 
PoliticoFormer Grassley Staffers Launch Empower Oversight 
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Former Sen. Chuck Grassley staffers launch whistleblower support organization 
The HillBiden under increasing pressure to fire housing inspector general 
Just the NewsOversight groups urge Biden to nominate caretaker Federal Housing Finance Agency Inspector General 
Government ExecutiveOversight Groups Express Concern About Future of the Housing Finance Agency IG Office