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The primary issue in this situation is whistle blowing. “Whistle blowing means calling attention to wrongdoing that is occurring within an organization. ”(Nadler and Schulman 2006) The underlying secondary issues include exposing potentially fraudulent business activities, financial irresponsibility, and illegally profiting from public funding. The KRB procurement employees tried to obtain more and present cost efficient bids to their superiors. The government employee wrote and spoke to superiors about the activities. The government employee sought legal counsel upon deciding to go public with their disclosure.
Finally, both made their testimonies to the proper investigating bodies including the FBI, the U. S. House of Representatives Committees on Government Reform and Energy and Commerce. Conclusion In the public sector, whistle blowers are often faced with the dilemma that their choice to disclose can constitute a criminal act. In both cases these employees called attention to suspected activities within their organizations before going outside or public. Employees faced with this dilemma must identify the stakeholders and ethical issues that concern them, then make an informed decision whether or not to disclose.
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