Whistleblowers: Office of Special Counsel Should Require Information on the Probationary Status of Whistleblowers, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 4MB]
From the Highlights: "Federal employee whistleblowers-- individuals who report allegations of wrongdoing--potentially help to safeguard the government from fraud, waste, and abuse. OSC [Office of Special Counsel] was created to help protect whistleblowers. Probationary employees--generally those with less than 1 or 2 years of federal service--can be especially vulnerable to reprisal because they have fewer protections from adverse personnel actions, including termination. A 2017 law included a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to examine retaliation against whistleblowers in their probationary period. This report examines (1) the extent to which probationary employees filed whistleblower disclosures or reprisal complaints, (2) termination rates of complainants, and (3) OSC procedures related to probationary employees."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/