TOTTM, Inc. is in business.
On August 20, 2018, the Secretary of State for the State of Texas issued a certificate of formation for TOTTM, Inc., and in turn, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an Employer Identification Number for the same. In short, 'The Origin of Things That Matter'®, incorporated as TOTTM, Inc., is no longer a vision for a mission but rather a mission in and of itself. Administratively, the only thing that remains is to apply for 501(c)(3) tax exemption status with the IRS an, thereafter, with the State of Texas.
I, Joel Jennings Warne, founder and president of the board of directors for TOTTM, Inc., originally envisioned writing a book about my own experiences as a whistleblower, detailing the then and thereafter. Initially, the book was to be entitled "Second Sun"; however, after months of pouring over ideas, I ultimately settled on 'The Origin of Things That Matter.' While a book is still in the works, when I went to stake my claim on the title and decided that a book can speak 200,000 words on four hundred static pages—but ultimately, a book is just that, static.
TOTTM, Inc., a living, dynamic organization, could accomplish so much more.
After graduating with my first bachelor's degree in political science from Georgia State University during May 2007 and spending nine months as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) doing hurricane relief work in Port Arthur, TX, life would lead me to work for the U.S. Department of State as a citizenship adjudicator for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. It was not the position I wanted—but it was the position the Department of State uses as a stepping stone for promising, prospective employees who lack master's degrees in niche regional politics and economics. And all indicators pointed to a blooming career for me.
Toward what the Department of State would ensure was the end of my career, I blew the whistle twice: once, a relatively innocuous disclosure regarding an abuse of authority by charging members of the public fees that were unnecessary (affirmed by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel); and the second, a more damaging allegation that the Clinton Secretariat was unlawfully violating its settlement in the matter of Castelano v. Clinton, originally docketed as Castelano v. Rice, by discriminating against Mexican-born U.S. citizens for passport-issuance purposes. The causal effect of the former was a clear notice that I was the Department of State's 'circle of trust,' so to speak; the causal effect of the latter was war.
I was harassed both inside and outside of work; I was attacked in a U.S. Special Counsel's Office-sanctioned meeting with the Department of State's attorneys, and even told that I lacked a right to union representation or an attorney; Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, with whom I had bargained on several occasions as a labor representative for the National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 1998, knowingly and willfully provided false or misleading data to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel; and I was terminated in July 2013, only then to be threatened by the Department's attorneys that if I did not drop all allegations they would ensure "[my] car would be repossessed, [my] home would be foreclosed on, and [I] would never work again."
Prior to terminating me, the Department sought an "independent medical examination," citing my seizure disorder as a potentially disqualifying medical condition. I agreed until the day before the examination when I looked up the medical license of their selected physician: Dr. Rinly Gecosala of Tucson, AZ. Gecosala would sell a medical recommendation to the highest bidder and surrendered his license to the Arizona Medical Board just three years later.
I did not give up, represented myself before both the U.S. Merit System Protections Board (MSPB) and Equality Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and when the MSPB judge threw out their 40,000-page discovery disclosure and EEOC judge told the Department they had no case, the issue of my employment was resolved. The terms of the resolution are subject to a non-disclosure agreement, but what I can say is that, rather than being removed from my position, I am now retired from it.