Whistleblower Protection Act

Published on January 23,2017 by Jeffrey Haber

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Federal employees who may have disclosed information about wrongdoing against the government may receive protection from retaliation through the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). The Act’s provisions apply to most federal branch employees, and go into effect when personnel action is taken against them by the entity from which they obtained that whistleblowing information. Individuals who may receive whistleblower retaliation protection via the WPA had action taken against them because of disclosures protected by the statute.

Known as “covered employees,” individuals who are currently employed by, or have been employed in the past to positions in the executive branch of government may be eligible for whistleblower retaliation protections through the WPA. Those who have applied for employment in the federal branch of government are also included in the statute, as are positions in the Senior Executive Service.

Protected Disclosures of the Whistleblower Protection Act

Covered employees who may have disclosed information pertaining to fraud on the government, as well as any violation of any law, rule or regulation may be eligible to receive protection from whistleblower retaliation through the WPA.

The Whistleblower Protection Act applies to information that may be related to:

  • A gross mismanagement, or a gross waste of funds
  • An abuse of authority
  • Substantial and specific danger to public health or safety

According to the Act’s provisions, whistleblower policy behind the statute relates to:

  • Any disclosure of information
  • Reasonable belief (that acts of fraud were committed)
  • Subject matter of disclosure
  • Disclosures to members of Congress

The Act’s provisions do not apply to those employed by federal agencies including: the Postal Rate Commission, the U.S. Postal Service, Government Accountability Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office.

When a federal employee decides to take action against the entity you believe has violated tax laws, federal securities statutes or another rule or regulation, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 may offer protection against whistleblower retaliation.

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Whistleblower Policy and the Federal Government

After it was suggested that certain whistleblowers saw their protections diminish as a result of decisions made by certain federal agencies including the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Whistleblower Enhancement Act of 2017 was created to further protect federal workers eager to report information about fraud against the government.

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