The Government Accountability Projectâ€™s mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability through advancing occupational free speech and ethical conduct, defending whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists. Founded in 1977, GAP is a non-profit, public interest organization and law firm that receives funding from foundations, individuals, and legal fees.
GAP is the nationâ€™s leading whistleblower organization. GAP promotes accountability by advocating occupational free speech, litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing whistleblower concerns, and developing policy and legal reforms of whistleblower laws.
GAPâ€™s major program initiatives focus on both government and corporate accountability related to nuclear oversight, food and drug safety, worker health and safety, international reform and national security. We develop whistleblower laws and policy reform domestically and internationally. GAP also conducts an accredited legal clinic for law students, and offers an internship program that for undergraduates and law students year-round. GAPâ€™s national office has been located in Washington, D.C. since the institution’s inception. We opened a Seattle office in 1992.
GAP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with an operating budget of slightly under $2 million. Half of our funds come from grantmaking foundations such as the Ford Foundation, Fund for Constitutional Government, Deer Creek Foundation, the CS Fund, the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Rockefeller Family Fund. Another 40% comes from as many as 8,000 generous individuals. The remaining 10% of GAPâ€™s budget comes from legal fees, settlement awards, and services provided. We are grateful for this widespread recognition of the critical importance of our work.