The Government Accountability Project's 40th Anniversary Gala

Thursday, November 15 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM [EST]

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20036, United States


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Thursday, November 15 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

The Government Accountability Project is hosting a 40th Anniversary Gala to celebrate forty years of whistleblower protection, advocacy, and truth-telling. The evening will feature speakers who have stood up for the truth in the face of overwhelming obstacles, including Dr. Scott AllenRichard Bowen, Jon ObergRobert Shetterly, and more to be announced in the coming weeks!

Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6 pm, and dinner in the Dupont Ballroom at 7 pm. 

For every one of the last forty years, the C.S. Fund has been there for the Government Accountability Project and all the whistleblowers whom we represent. The Fund is so committed to this democratic, accountability, and anti-corruption cause, it has agreed to match dollar for dollar every ticket purchased for our 40th anniversary gala event and every donation that is made by those regretfully unable to attend up to $60,000. 

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About the Organizer

The Government Accountability Project was created in 1977 in response to several whistleblowers who came to the Institute for Policy Studies about White House, FBI, and Pentagon scandals. Since that time, the Government Accountability Project has assisted over 8,000 whistleblowers and serves as a lifeline to employees of conscience, helping them release critical information that serves the public interest.


Event Speakers

Richard Bowen

Richard Bowen was a business chief underwriter at Citigroup who discovered that billions of dollars of defective mortgages were being sold to investors. He warned the board of directors and requested an outside investigation, and was placed on administrative leave. He provided evidence to the SEC three months before the bank bailouts and gave testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, where he witnessed coordinated efforts to hide key parts of his testimony from the public.

Dr. Jon Oberg

While working at the Dept. of Education, Dr. Jon Oberg discovered illegal payments of federal tax dollars to student loan lenders. On his own time, he researched the payments and reported them to Congress, saving billions of dollars. He brought 11 False Claims Act lawsuits against lending institutions for defrauding the government and students. As the Department of Justice said, "Whistleblowers like Dr. Oberg are critical to our efforts to recover taxpayer money lost to waste, fraud, and abuse."

Dr. Scott Allen

In July 2018, Dr. Scott Allen blew the whistle on the government’s child detention practices. Through his disclosure, he sought to prevent the ongoing risk of harm to children and families posed by the Trump administration’s implementation of its “zero-tolerance” immigration policy at the U.S. southern border. He and his colleague Dr. Pamela McPherson presented written testimony to the Senate, putting Congress on notice that policies that expand family detention will cause foreseeable harm.

Danielle Brian
Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

POGO is a nonpartisan independent government watchdog whose investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, and ethical government. POGO’s investigative work under Danielle Brian's stewardship has received journalism awards such as the Sigma Delta Chi award, the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Journalism Award, and the Dateline Award. She is a member of the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame and received the Smith College Medal.

Robert Shetterly
Artist and Activist

Robert Shetterly has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth for nearly 17 years. The portraits have given Shetterly an opportunity to speak with children and adults all over this country about the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, US history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don’t tell the truth, if the media don’t report it, and if the people don’t demand it.

Mona Hanna-Attisha is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative public health program in Flint, Michigan. A pediatrician, scientist, and activist, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis.