Corruption in America has weakened the faith of the American public as more and more people do not trust the integrity of the legislative and the executive branches of the government. Lack of ethics, human greed, and misuse of power are the main causes of corruption. From a government official, who takes bribe by handing down a contract, to a policeman taking money for letting a driver off on a traffic violation, corruption has become rampant in most of the American States today.
Raising your voice against corrupt individuals, especially government officials, sometimes led to abuse, torture, false allegations, and even jail. This is because corrupt government officials have enough power to stop anyone from raising their voice against it. But this should not deter you. Even as a government servant you can fight corruption. There have been many instances where government whistleblowers have succeeded in making a complaint against any malpractices. In 2002, Time magazine named three American women as “Person of the Year” for their role as whistleblowers.
Here are some ways to fight corruption and raise your voice against it:
1. You can report the situation without revealing any personal or classified information to someone who can investigate, and can get clearance to hear the details.
2. Go to the Corruption Prevention Commission to report about any corrupt individuals in your organization or department. This will lead to immediate action and help in generating anti-corruption efforts in the state.
3. If you are a federal employee and you find some corrupt practices going on in your office, reporting to the supervisor is the first step as you are expected to work according to the prevalent protocol. You can also go to OIG offices (Office of the Inspector General). This is a highest authority where you can report your problems.
4. Visit organizations that help whistleblowers. These organizations make anonymous reports of corrupt activities and take quick actions.
5. You can also contact the House of Representatives. You should be quite specific about what your complaints are, what you want your elected official to do. You may get a late but positive response.