Department of Justice

DOJ Creates Ombudsman to Protect Whistleblowers from Retaliation

GOP leaders credit "Fast and Furious" investigation.

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Republican lawmakers are lauding the appointment of an ombudsman for the Justice Department's inspector general to tamp down on retaliation against whistleblowers and ensure allegations of waste or abuse are dealt with speedily.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said their joint investigation of the DOJ's failed gun-tracking operation "Fast and Furious" directly led to the need for the whistleblower ombudsman position, which IG Michael Horowitz created on Wednesday.