Safety Critical Systems and Whistle Blowing - Class Notes
This topic utilizes two class periods and centers around the 1986 Challenger Disaster, the government inquiry into the tradegy, and the failed attempts at whistle-blowing by Roger Boisjoly.
exposure of fraud and abuse by an employee.
Legislation (1978) barred reprisals against those who
exposed government corruption. Harassment and
dismissal of whistle-blowers and the revelation of
widespread waste and fraud in defense contracting led
Congress to strengthen the position of whistle-blowers
in 1989. Under the Federal False Claims Act
whistle-blowers can receive a percentage of the
money recovered or damages won by the government
in fraud cases they expose.
FIRST CLASS PERIOD - Safety Critical Systems:
In advance of the showing of the video read the following on-line articles about the disaster:
"Major Malfunction: The Story Behind the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster", J. Marcus Maier, writer and producer, Organizational Leadership Program, Chapman University, 333 N. Glassel St., Orange CA 92866 (original produced at SUNY Binghamton). To see a review of this video set click here. A set of notes identifying the major "scenes" in the video is available for note-taking. A set of notes from Texas A&M are also very useful. After the viewing of the video, fill in the worksheet. Bring this to the next class.
Roger Boisjoly has had over a quarter century of
experience in the aerospace industry. Boisjoly has
spent his entire career making well-informed
decisions based on his understanding and belief in a
professional engineer's rights and responsibilities.
Roger Boisjoly was awarded the Prize for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his
actions associated with his strong beliefs.
SECOND CLASS PERIOD - Whistle Blowing:
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