Daniel P. Meyer, Esq.
Dan Meyer is a former Intelligence Officer, U.S. Government Senior Official, and Naval Officer who brings years of distinguished federal service to the firm. He has dedicated more than 25 years of service to promoting the federal whistleblowing mission and its related policy and statutes. Dan’s public service to the nation has ranged from serving as a U.S. Naval line officer to serving within the Executive Office of the President during the first Clinton Administration. Since joining the firm, Dan has represented clients in all aspects of national security law including, but not limited to: security clearance matters, federal employment matters, EEO matters, federal criminal matters, and discrete federal whistleblower matters.
As the Intelligence Community’s foremost whistleblowing subject matter expert from 2013 to 2018, Dan served as the Executive Director for Intelligence Community Whistleblowing & Source Protection with the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General. There he was instrumental in establishing the Intelligence Community’s first program of its kind. Notably, Dan worked with Intelligence Community employees disclosing allegations ranging from the compromise of intelligence operations, to intelligence analysis failures, to reprisal against Congressional and inspector general witnesses. In addition to his primary role, Dan served as the Executive Director for the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community External Review Panel established by Presidential Policy Directive 19: Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information, and Intelligence Community Directive 120: Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection. In this capacity, he advised on and oversaw the processing of external reviews of local inspectors general findings regarding whistleblower reprisal.
From 2004 to 2013, Dan served with the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General as Director of Civilian Reprisal Investigations and then as Director of Whistleblowing and Transparency. In these positions, Dan investigated or provided oversight over numerous high profile cases, among them disclosures involving the 9/11 attacks, the security-clearance decision-making process used to reprise and discriminate, and the treatment of both soldiers and their remains after injury or death, to include matters involving Dover Air Force Base and Arlington National Cemetery.
Prior to 2004, Dan was General Counsel for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) where he appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on the question of state sovereign immunity under federal whistleblowing statutes. From 1987 to 1991, Dan served in the United States Navy. He is a survivor of the 1989 explosion onboard the battleship IOWA (BB- 61), which took the lives of 47 of his shipmates. Dan himself became a whistleblower concerning the IOWA explosion and was the subject of the film A Glimpse of Hell (Robert Sean Leonard [House, Dead Poets Society] Portrayed Dan and James Caan [The Godfather] portrayed the IOWA’s Captain). To read the Wikipedia article profiling Dan, please click here.
Dan earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, his juris doctorate from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, and holds professional certificates as a National Security Studies Fellow from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He has lent his expertise to co-author Whistleblower support in practice: Toward an integrated research model in the International Handbook on Whistleblowing Research, and The Wasp’s Nest: Intelligence Community Whistleblowing & Source Protection in Georgetown University Law Center’s Journal of National Security Law & Policy.
Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington
- Juris Doctor
- Bachelor of Arts, Government & Naval Science
- Sphinx Head Society
Syracuse University, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
- National Security Studies Senior Fellow
- Edited by A.J. Brown, David Lewis, Richard Moberly, Wim Vandekerckhove, International Handbook on Whistleblowing Research (Edward Elgar) (2014)
- Chapter on Whistleblower support in practice: Toward an integrated research model (2014) co-authored by A.J. Brown, Daniel P. Meyer, Chris Wheeler and Jason Zuckerman
- You may view the publication by clicking here.
- Dan Meyer & David Bernbaum, The Wasp’s Nest: Intelligence Community Whistleblowing & Source Protection, 8 Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Georgetown University (2015)
- District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of the United States
Professional Honors and Recognition
- Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Award in National Security and International Affairs (2011)
- Dan Meyer and the Civilian Reprisal Investigations Team, Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, was named as a finalist in the National Security and International Affairs category.
To read a description of Dan’s and his team’s work meriting the nomination, please click here or see below.
Excerpt from the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals
Dan Meyer and the
Civilian Reprisal Investigations Team
Protects civilian Pentagon whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing within intelligence and defense-related activities, ensuring sources are not harassed, punished or fired.
Becoming a whistleblower is often a risky and difficult path for federal employees, and so is finding the truth and protecting those who have exposed wrongdoing from being fired, punished or harassed.
Dan Meyer, director of civilian reprisal investigations with the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Defense (DOD), took the job of protecting whistleblowers to new and often perilous territory—the Pentagon’s intelligence and counterintelligence communities and the murky world of top secret or “black” programs.
In January 2004, Meyer was hired by the DOD inspector general to create a new program to protect the whistleblowing relied upon during national security and procurement fraud investigations. Since then, Meyer and his team have focused on helping federal employees in the intelligence and counterintelligence fields, especially those whose security clearances were alleged to have been revoked or changed due to their whistle-blowing. He also has handled cases of whistleblowers having their security clearance and access threatened for revealing procurement fraud.
“Dan had to fight to get jurisdiction of the black programs. There was significant pushback from management interests, but he was persistent,” said Jeff Ruch, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a group that has worked on whistleblower rights.
Meyer has relied on aggressive interviewing and evidence collection techniques to accomplish the team’s goals. He created a unique investigative protocol for reviewing security clearance decision-making as a pretext for reprisal, building on existing legal standards made available by Congress.
“Dan is pretty fearless. He has the strength to go up against others at the highest level based on the strength of his convictions,” said David Ingram, a project manager at the Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence. “He has the knowledge and technical acumen to determine what is right.”
With respect to the intelligence and counterintelligence communities, Meyer’s team in 2010 conducted oversight of two Defense Intelligence Agency investigations and completed a full investigation into an alleged reprisal within the Department of the Navy. The team also opened a number of new reprisal cases involving intelligence and counterintelligence activities, and reviewed claims of alleged reprisals against sources reporting problems with avionics maintenance, emergency response planning and supply management.
Some of the recent cases handled by Meyer’s office include:
- A civilian military intelligence specialist who served as a source for the House Armed Services Committee on the subject of improper post-combat injury care, and subsequently found himself the subject of security clearance review;
- A civilian engineer who questioned official reports about the survivability of armored vehicles against Improvised Explosive Devices used against American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then became the subject of security clearance review;
- A civilian security specialist who reported to the Defense Criminal Investigative Service a defense contractor’s improper handling and use of classified information, and subsequently found himself the subject of significant change of duties; and
- A traffic management official who reported on procurement fraud in transportation contracts to the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, resulting in his suspension and loss of a GS-14 promotion.
“Dan has been a vital force in the cultural paradigm shift that breathed life into the whistleblower statutes within both the Inspector General’s Office and the DOD intelligence community,” said John Crane, an assistant DOD inspector general. “The protocol that Dan and his team have created is increasingly seen as the solution for how we protect Defense Department whistleblowers in the intelligence and counterintelligence fields.”
Meyer’s own role as a national security whistleblower made him ideally suited for the job. A former Navy line officer, Meyer was assigned onboard battleship Iowa during the tragic 1989 explosion that killed 47 American sailors. He later disclosed investigative flaws and alleged wrongdoing to the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the Navy’s subsequent investigation.
Through this experience, Meyer said he gained a keen understanding of the important role that public disclosure plays in improving government performance and accountability.
“More government transparency allows more oversight, and oversight allows for the correction of government faults, “If government has more transparency, there will be fewer problems,” said Meyer. “Unfortunately, supervisors and managers —and indeed senior leaders —still hold negative views of whistleblowing—the laws have changed, but peoples’ hearts and minds have not followed the law.”
Crane described Meyer as an individual who does not give up, “a rare individual who came to government with a sense of personal conviction.”