Issa Statement on Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act Signing

November 27, 2012

Today, President Obama will sign S. 743, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). The legislation closes loopholes in existing whistleblower protection law and expands coverage of current protections. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and sponsor of the House bill offered the following statement:

“The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act represents years of bipartisan, bicameral work. The bill signed into law today will help Congress stand behind those federal employees who help us protect the American people and their hard-earned tax dollars. While the new law will offer additional protections to those looking to stop waste, fraud, and mismanagement in government, we must remain vigilant in preventing retaliation against whistleblowers.”

Chairman Issa introduced the House version of the WPEA one year ago, along with Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Rep. Todd Platts, R-Pa. The Oversight Committee approved the legislation unanimously. The House of Representatives approved an amended version of the Senate counterpart on September 28th of this year. The Senate approved the House amended version earlier this month.