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22 Fed. Cir. B.J. 393 (2012-2013)
Protecting Transportation and Homeland Security through Congressional Oversight: Legislative Recommendations to Fill Gaps in Whistleblower Protections Relating to Sensitive Security Information and Controlled Unclassified Information

handle is hein.journals/fedcb22 and id is 417 raw text is: Protecting Transportation and
Homeland Security Through
Congressional Oversight: Legislative
Recommendations to Fill Gaps in
Whistleblower Protections Relating
to Sensitive Security Information and
Controlled Unclassified Information
Matthew L. Riffee*
Introduction
September 11, 2001 brought new challenges for all areas of the U.S.
government, particularly in the area of homeland security. One of the most
immediate concerns related to theAmerican transportation system.' As a result,
Congress enacted the Aviation and Transportation Security Act in November
of 2001 and placed broad responsibility on a new agency, the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA).2 A year later, the TSA was placed within
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), further emphasizing the
TSA's primary goal: to safeguard American transit systems.3
Despite the creation of numerous new executive agencies, such as the TSA
and the DHS, and the constant flow of homeland security concerns in the
post-9/ 11 world, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) and the
* Matthew L. Riffee is aJ.D. Candidate, May 2013, at The George Washington University
Law School. He graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor ofArts in Government
in 2008. Matthew would like to thank Adjunct Professor Kirby Lee and former Notes Editor
Dennis Corkery for their feedback, insight, and recommendations throughout the writing
process. He would also like to thank his family, friends, and Sarah for their continual love
and support.
' The Aviation and Transportation Security Act was passed less than three months after
the events of September 11, 2001. See Aviation and Transportation Security Act, Pub. L.
No. 107-71, 115 Stat. 597 (2001).
2 Id. § 101, 115 Stat. at 597.
3 Homeland Security Act of 2002, Pub. L. No. 107-296, § 403, 116 Stat. 2135, 2178
(2002).

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