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VBI-0045 - In the Matter of Joseph P. Carson

On March 14, 2000, Joseph P. Carson (Carson) filed a “Whistleblower Reprisal Complaint per section 3164 of the NNSA Authorization Act for FY 2000.” Carson is employed by the Department of Energy (DOE) as a Safety Engineer, nominally assigned to the Office of Oversight, Planning and Analysis, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oversight, Office of Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health (EH), but he is currently stationed in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In the March 14, 2000 complaint, Carson alleges that in 1999 he made a number of protected disclosures about Glenn Podonsky, a senior National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) official, to the DOE Office of Inspector General (IG) and Congress, “related to Podonsky’s five year long campaign of reprisal against me.” Carson alleges that Podonsky and “his subordinate managers” retaliated against him by not offering Carson a position in DOE’s Oak Ridge Operations Office (DOE/OR) after the Department eliminated the EH Office of Site Residents Program. Carson had worked for that program in Oak Ridge before his “directed reassignment” to the EH Office of Oversight, located at DOE Headquarters (DOE/HQ) in Germantown, Maryland.