Maloney, Leahy and Connolly Introduce Federal Employee Access to Information Act

Mar 18, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2021)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Senator Patrick Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, issued the following statement after introducing the Federal Employee Access to Information Act during Sunshine Week:

 

“This bill would protect federal employees from retaliation for exercising their right to request information from the government under the Freedom of Information Act or the Privacy Act.  Federal employees must be able to request and obtain government information in the same way as any member of the public.  Federal employees do not lose this right just because they are working as public servants.”

 

The legislation would protect federal employees from retaliation for filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act requests.

 

It would also prohibit a government employer from taking or failing to take, or threatening to take or fail to take, any personnel action against any employee or applicant for employment in retaliation for requesting information under FOIA or the Privacy Act, or for pursuing any administrative or judicial action related to such a request.

 

The Oversight Committee approved the bill with a voice vote in September 2020.

 

Click here to read the Federal Employee Access to Information Act.

 

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117th Congress