Saturday, July 2, 2011

Former GAP Executive Director Becomes Deputy Special Council

It's an exciting time for the whistleblower community. GAP Executive Director Mark Cohen hasleft the organization to become Deputy Special Counsel at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the agency charged with protecting and investigating the disclosures of federal whistleblowers. Cohen will report to newly appointed Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner, respected civil rights and civil liberties advocate, who has announced her commitment to strengthening the Office.

The appointment of Mark to such a prominent position is tremendously positive for federal whistleblowers, and the good government community as a whole. He is exactly the kind of whistleblower advocate who should be working at OSC.

Although we are sad to see Mark leave GAP, we remain in excellent hands. GAP International Program Director Bea Edwards has been named Acting Executive Director. Edwards has been with GAP since 2006, and brings a track record of success to this position. She has effectively defended whistleblowers from retaliation at the United Nations, the World Bank, and the regional development banks.

With Mark at OSC and Bea steering GAP, we will continue to soar and reach new heights. We're excited to see where our whistleblowers will take us in the future!

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