The Defense Department needs to provide better protection to whistle-blowers and move quicker to investigate complaints of misconduct if it wants to achieve needed cost savings, says a report by the Government Accountability Office. Almost 70% of whistle-blower cases investigated by the GAO weren't completed within a 180-day deadline, and only 15% of whistle-blowers with substantiated claims of retribution received some type of relief, the report found.

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