House Passes Bill to Increase Federal Employee Whistleblower Protection

October 1, 2012

On September 28, 2012, the House of Representatives passed the “Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012.” If enacted, the bill would grant federal employee whistleblowers protection for “any” disclosure of “gross waste,” “mismanagement,” “fraud,” “abuse,” or “illegal activity.” In addition, the bill would require the inspector general to designate a whistleblower protection ombudsman to educate agency employees about prohibitions on retaliation for protected disclosures. The House of Representatives bill amends a bill previously passed in the Senate (S. 743).

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