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Passage of Whistleblower Protection Act (LR0019)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Liberia, Second National Action Plan, 2015-17

Action Plan Cycle: 2015

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: National Legislature, LRC, MICAT, GC, LACC, NIF

Support Institution(s): CENTAL, CUPPADL, CEMESP

Policy Areas

IRM Review

IRM Report: Liberia End-of-Term Report 2015-2017, Liberia Progress Report 2015-2017

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Public Accountability

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Lobby and engaged policy makers for the passage of the Whistleblower Protection act and undertake awareness raising on citizens’ understanding of the act Performance indicators: Passage of act Number or proportion of citizens reached through awareness raising;

IRM Midterm Status Summary

For Commitment details, see Liberia Progress Report 2015-2017.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

3.1 Passage of Whistleblower Protection Act

(National Legislature, LRC, MICAT, GC, LACC, NIF, with support from CENTAL, CUPPADL, CEMESP; 15 July 2015 - 30 May 2016).

Milestones:

· 3.1.1 Lobby and engaged policy makers for the passage of the Whistleblower Protection act and undertake awareness raising on citizens’ understanding of the act.

Commitment Aim:

The former President of the Republic of Liberia signed Executive Order No. 22[Note43: Liberian Executive Orders, Protection of Whistleblowers (No. 22), http://www.vertic.org/media/National%20Legislation/Liberia/LR_Protection%20of%20Whistleblower%20(No.22).pdf on 18 December 2009. This order aimed to protect anyone who discloses information about actions of impropriety against the public interest in any public or private institution. This commitment aims to move a step forward and foment the political will necessary to pass and enact a Whistleblower Act, currently drafted but stalled in the legislature. Passage of a Whistleblower Protection Act could positively alter government practice by reducing corruption and setting the framework to allow citizens the opportunity to hold public officials accountable without fear of retaliation.

Status

Midterm: Limited

The bill has been submitted to the National Legislature but has yet to be acted upon. The draft is not publicly available and the contents are unknown. According to Andrew Tehmeh, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), there is no political will in the legislature to move forward with the Act. For more information, please see the 2015–2016 IRM midterm report.

End-of-Term: Limited

On 21 June 2017, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission held a one-day colloquium on the passage of the draft Whistleblower and Witness Protection Bill into law.[Note44: Interview with Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) focal person, December 2017. The event was intended to solicit the support of the National Legislature for the passage of the draft Bill into Law and to raise awareness among CSOs and other state actors on the importance of the Whistleblower and Witness Protection Law in Liberia. However, the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Act has stalled and, according to the government’s self-assessment report, the challenge in implementing the commitment was the lack of political will on the part of the legislature.

Did it Open Government?

Public Accountability: Did Not Change

The bill has not yet been passed by the National Legislature, therefore the status quo of government practice has not changed.

Carried forward?

This commitment was not carried forward.


Liberia's Commitments

  1. Legislative Monitoring Database

    LR0027, 2017, E-Government

  2. Publication of Budget Documents

    LR0028, 2017, Audits and Controls

  3. Freedom of Information (FoI) Act

    LR0029, 2017, Capacity Building

  4. Citizen Monitoring for the Justice System

    LR0030, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Feedback Mechanism to Build Accountability of the LNP

    LR0031, 2017, E-Government

  6. Capacity Building for Integrity in Government

    LR0032, 2017, Capacity Building

  7. Transparency in the Land Authority

    LR0033, 2017, E-Government

  8. Accountability and Value for Money through Open Contracting

    LR0034, 2017, E-Government

  9. Beneficial Ownership Registry

    LR0035, 2017, Beneficial Ownership

  10. Open Data/citizen Navigation Portal

    LR0036, 2017, Audits and Controls

  11. Starred commitment Commercial Land Use Rights Information

    LR0011, 2015, Capacity Building

  12. Open Aid Portal and Publication of Aid Data

    LR0012, 2015, Aid

  13. Link Financial Management System to Aid Management Platform

    LR0013, 2015, Aid

  14. Facilitate tracking of EVD funds

    LR0014, 2015, Aid

  15. Starred commitment Implementation of the new jury law

    LR0015, 2015,

  16. Citzen Monitoring of Justice System

    LR0016, 2015,

  17. Civic education and citizen engagement around offline tools

    LR0017, 2015,

  18. Know Your Rights' Initiative

    LR0018, 2015,

  19. Passage of Whistleblower Protection Act

    LR0019, 2015,

  20. Transparency hubs

    LR0020, 2015, Public Participation

  21. Public service integrity

    LR0021, 2015, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  22. Citizen feedback platform.

    LR0022, 2015, E-Government

  23. e-Government

    LR0023, 2015, Capacity Building

  24. Public expenditure management systems

    LR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  25. Public safety/ Law enforecement reform

    LR0025, 2015, E-Government

  26. Open data portal

    LR0026, 2015, Open Data

  27. Appoint Public Information Officers (PIOs)

    LR0007, 2015, Capacity Building

  28. Popularize Freedom of Information (FoI) Law

    LR0008, 2015, Capacity Building

  29. Expand Open Budget Initiative

    LR0009, 2015, Capacity Building

  30. Public Information on Land and Natural Resource Reform

    LR0010, 2015, Extractive Industries

  31. Increase Access to Public Information

    LR0001, 2013, Capacity Building

  32. Open Budget Initiative

    LR0002, 2013, E-Government

  33. Extractive Industries Transparency

    LR0003, 2013, Audits and Controls

  34. Citizens’ Participation and Dialogue

    LR0004, 2013, Public Participation

  35. Starred commitment Accountability and Integrity

    LR0005, 2013, Conflicts of Interest

  36. Technology and Innovation

    LR0006, 2013, E-Government