Dr. Donald Sweeney, a senior Army Corps of Engineers economist, blew the whistle on "serious violations of rules, laws, and regulations at the highest levels of Corps management that could have resulted in gross fraud, waste, and abuse of federal resources." When, after five years of working on a proposed billion-dollar construction project on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, he reported his concerns about cost to his superiors, Sweeney was taken off the project. "Sweeney took his complaint to the Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency charged with protecting government whistle-blowers and investigating their allegations. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) presented the evidence to the Army which, in essence, acknowledged and confirmed Sweeney's allegations."
- Brad Knickerbocker, Once the Whistle Blows, Who Follows Up With the Reforms?, Christian Science Monitor, 14 December 2000. (No longer available on website: 5 January 2012)
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