Five Years Later: A Review of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, February 1, 2017   [open pdf - 1MB]

This hearing compilation is from the February 1, 2017 hearing "Five Years Later: A Review of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act" before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the statement of Elizabeth Hempowicz: "Five years ago, Congress passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), closing many loopholes and upgrading protections for federal workers who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, abuse, and illegality. In short, the WPEA made it easier to blow the whistle. I want to take a few minutes to discuss four major improvements included in the WPEA and how they changed the landscape for federal whistleblowers. First, it codified an 'anti-gag' statute championed by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). The anti-gag provision requires agencies to issue a statement notifying employees that statutory rights to communicate with Congress, whistleblower rights, and other statutory rights and obligations supersede agency restrictions on disclosures or communications. [...] In addition, the WPEA clarified that 'any' disclosure of gross waste or mismanagement, fraud, abuse, or illegal activity may be protected, including when a whistleblower makes a reasonable disclosure to his or her supervisor, even if the supervisor ends up being involved in the wrongdoing. Similarly, the WPEA clarified that a whistleblower's intent in making a disclosure should not be factored in when determining whether he or she made a protected disclosure. These changes made it easier for whistleblowers to have clear and protected channels to report through, and in turn made it easier to present a case proving whistleblower retaliation." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert P. Storch, Eric Bachman, Thomas M. Devine, and Elizabeth Hempowicz.

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