Meet the Deputy Director of Operations

John Whitty ImageJohn Whitty serves as the Deputy Director of Operations of the House Office of the Whistleblower Ombuds. There, he works with the Director to assist House offices in establishing best practices for working with whistleblowers, as well as managing the office’s financial and administrative responsibilities.

John’s most recent prior experience was direct representation of whistleblower clients, including advocacy and litigation, to help them expose and correct violations of the public trust while defending them from retaliation. His practice involved appellate work before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and litigation before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Office of Special Counsel, federal district court, and OSHA. Also, his practice included advocacy with key stakeholders, such as Congress and the media, to help the whistleblowers make a difference. John’s passion for supporting whistleblowers began during his 36 years with the Department of Defense, in uniform and as a civilian. The last 20 years of John’s civilian career with the DOD was as a network design engineer, focusing on network security architecture and systems engineering.

John is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He earned his J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. He has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University.