One of the most important functions of the Oversight Committee is to help expose waste, fraud, and abuse within the Federal bureaucracy, and to help reform broken institutions and policies in order to ensure taxpayers that they have a government that works for them. Whistleblowers are an invaluable asset in helping us achieve this important goal. Those who expose waste, fraud, and abuse from the inside sometimes only receive retaliation as their award. Today's hearing will examine how whistleblower protection laws are often igred or manipulated. The result is that those in a position to shine light on illegal behavior stay in the shadows for fear of retribution. Congress must do everything in its power to help protect well-intentioned individuals who help Congress and the public kw when improper behavior occurs within the Federal bureaucracy.