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Obama Memo on ‘Sensitive’ Jobs Stirs Whistle-Blower Fears

President Barack Obama is seeking new rules to allow federal agencies to fire employees without appeal if their work has some tie to national security, a move that advocates for whistle-blowers say may hurt efforts to keep government transparent and free from corruption.

Potentially thousands of positions would be covered and government watchdog groups say it may provide a new way to crack down on leaks by government workers.