Whistleblower Protection: Additional Actions Would Improve Recording and Reporting of Appeals Data, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 1MB]
"Federal employee whistleblowers--individuals who report violations of law or certain agency mismanagement--may risk reprisals from their agencies. WPEA [Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012] seeks to strengthen the rights of and protections for federal whistleblowers. WPEA includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to report on the law's implementation. This report (1) describes changes in the number of whistleblower reprisal appeals filed with MSPB [Merit Systems Protection Board], as well as the outcome of appeals, since WPEA's effective date; (2) provides subject matter specialists' views about granting MSPB summary judgment authority for whistleblower cases; and (3) provides subject matter specialists' views about granting jurisdiction for a subset of whistleblower appeals to be decided by a district court of the United States. GAO obtained data from MSPB on whistleblower appeals received and closed from fiscal years 2011 through 2015. This period begins approximately 2 years prior to WPEA's effective date of December 27, 2012, and continues through the end of fiscal year 2015. GAO also conducted six focus groups with subject matter specialists that include whistleblower advocates and agency labor relations officials."