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House Passes Bill to Clarify Whistleblower Protection for Federal Employees

Monday the House of Representatives passed H.R. 657, the Follow the Rules Act.  The bill, introduced by Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), aims to address a misinterpretation of the Whistleblower Protection Act by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the case of Rainey v. MSPB. This bill clarifies that under the WPA, employees are protected against personnel actions for refusing to obey an order that would require the individual to violate a law, rule or regulation.

President Trump Creates Whistleblower Office at VA

Yesterday President Donald Trump signed an executive order establishing a whistleblower office at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA has been embroiled in controversy since news broke in 2014 that veterans had died while on waiting lists for appointments at the VA Hospital in Phoenix.

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Wins Reinstatement and $5.4 Million in Damages

On April 3, 2017, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered Wells Fargo to reinstate a former bank manager who blew the whistle on fraudulent behavior at the bank. The whistleblower, whose name was not released, reported the fraud to both supervisors and the company’s ethics hotline.

GAO Finds That Pilot Government Contractor Whistleblower Program A “Complete Failure”

Washington, D.C. March 3, 2017. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report to Congressional Committees yesterday on the Government Contractor Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program (pilot program). The pilot program was established under the National Defense Authorization Act 2013 (the Act). Its purpose is to expand whistleblower rights against reprisal for executive agencies’ contractors, subcontractors and grantee employees.

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