Congress Passes Cummings’ Bill to Extend Protections for Whistleblowers

Jun 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2018)—Today, Congress passed and sent to the President’s desk bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to make permanent a pilot program under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act that allows federal employees who blow the whistle to file appeals wherever they work or live rather than only in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

H.R. 2229, the All Circuit Review Act, will allow federal whistleblowers to appeal cases to any Court of Appeals with jurisdiction, and it will also give the Office of Personnel Management authority to file petitions to review orders of the Merit Systems Protection Board in any Court of Appeals with jurisdiction. The Federal Circuit historically has been overly restrictive of whistleblower rights.

“I’m pleased Congress passed my bipartisan bill to protect critical due process rights for whistleblowers and cultivate an environment where employees feel safe coming forward with information,” Cummings said.  “Now more than ever, whistleblowers are critical to exposing waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government.”   

The bill is widely supported by good-government groups, including the Project on Government Oversight and the Make it Safe Coalition. The bill passed both the House and the Senate without opposition.

115th Congress