FOR YOUR PROTECTION, DO NOT USE A GOVERNMENT PHONE, FAX, OR COMPUTER TO CONTACT MAOS
MAOS has a long tradition of working with individuals daring to expose corruption. Many of these individuals with whom MAOS has worked choose to remain anonymous to the public and even to MAOS itself.
If you have information regarding fraudulent or wasteful activities in the government or the industries it regulates, and you would like to expose it in order to keep the government accountable to its citizens, please contact us.
MAOS may be able to further research your concerns, bring public attention to any wrongdoing, and alert those who can bring about change.
The Downside of “Whistleblowing” or exposing corruption
Whistleblowing is often not easy. Exposed whistleblowers are almost always reprimanded, fired, and/or harassed, even if they have not “gone public” and even if their allegations are proven to be true. It takes a lot of courage and forethought to take on a powerful government agency or a private contractor. The mental, emotional, and fiscal hardships that a whistleblower may encounter should be fully understood before any steps are taken to disseminate information – publicly or not.
Expose Corruption Anonymously
By working with MAOS anonymously, the whistleblower generally does not risk retaliation or jeopardize his or her career. It is entirely up to the whistleblower to provide MAOS with the necessary information, documents, or leads. This allows the whistleblower to expose the wrongdoing while lowering the risk of being attacked. In the past MAOS has worked with whistleblowers who remain anonymous even to MAOS. Unless you have already been publicly labeled as a whistleblower, we usually do not recommend coming forward publicly and exposing yourself to the many risks associated with doing so.
How-to Guide for Public Employees Exposing Problems
Three national nonprofits have joined forces to help public employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, or abuse by releasing a how-to manual, The Art of Anonymous Activism: Serving the Public While Surviving Public Service. Citing the increased dangers of whistleblowing, the support groups hope the guide will allow more public employees to come forward while avoiding retaliation from agencies seeking to hide their foibles and corruption.
How MAOS Chooses Its Projects
The following are the criteria MAOS uses to determine which projects we pursue. They do not present rigid guidelines, but provide us with a consistent way to evaluate our priorities.
- Capacity to make a unique contribution
- Opening for positive systemic change in the federal government
- Ability to broaden public awareness
- Urgency for action
- Availability of inside sources and/or documents
What MAOS Does Not Do
- We do not deal with Federal and state issues unless federal money is involved.
- We do not provide legal advice or representation. Moreover, we will not recommend a specific legal counsel.