Some of the elements of Change.gov, the website created by President Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008, have disappeared during the last month. The newly missing information includes the text on protecting whistleblowers.
The Sunlight Foundation reports that according to the Internet Archive, the last time that content on Change.gov beyond the splash page was available was back on June 8.
Before the material vanished, the following section existed on the site:
Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.
According to the Huffington Post, June 8 was two days after the first revelations from Edward Snowden, who had then not yet revealed himself, about the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program.
The site had offered a way to compare Obama's promises and administration actions and still can be viewed on the Wayback archive.
Prior to the Snowden leaks but after Pfc. Bradley Manning gave classified information to WikiLeaks, the Obama administration launched the Insider Threat program to combat leaks in part by asking coworkers to keep a close eye on their fellow employees. The program also ordered more protections for those who use proper channels, but four national security whistleblowers have said that they became targets of Justice Department investigations after bringing concerns to the Department of Defense Inspector General.