Lucas accuses Commerce Inspector General of revealing identity of a whistleblower

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Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas and California Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the ranking member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee have accused the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce of revealing the identity of a whistleblower.

Lucas chairs the committee and with Lofgren, sent a letter to the Inspector General after the Committee received evidence that she recently shared an unredacted letter from the Committee with several colleagues, thereby disclosing the identity of a whistleblower.

“The committee has received a very serious allegation that you may have disclosed the identity of a whistleblower whose claims against you and other senior members of your office are being investigated by the Committee,” Lucas and Lofgren wrote.

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“As an Inspector General, you must understand the importance of protecting whistleblower anonymity as well as the fact that purposefully disclosing a whistleblower’s identity can, in some circumstances, constitute a violation of law.”

The letter requested documents and communications to further the Committee’s investigation of claims that the Inspector General has engaged in whistleblower retaliation and misconduct.

“This letter contained personally identifiable information such as the names of individuals and references to testimony they have provided to the committee,” Lucas and Lofgren added.

“It is important for the Committee to know exactly who within your office received an unredacted copy of the June 6th letter to determine if any impropriety or violations of law occurred,” they continued. “Please respond no later than June 20, 2023, with the names of the individuals who were sent an unredacted copy of the Committee’s June 6th letter by you, and any others who have seen an unredacted copy of the Committee’s letter.”

The full letter is available here.