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Oversight Subcommittee to Examine Whistleblower Qualifications and Protections

Jan 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington D.C. (Jan. 27, 2020)—On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Rep. Gerry E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a bipartisan hearing to examine who qualifies as a federal whistleblower; what protections such a designation affords to those who make allegations of waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement, and whether new legal provisions would improve whistleblower protections.

WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

TIME: 2:00 p.m. EST

A livestream of the hearing will be available here.

BACKGROUND

  • Whistleblower disclosures promote an effective and efficient civil service and benefit the public interest by “assisting in the elimination of fraud, waste, abuse, and unnecessary Government expenditures.”
  • Whistleblowers play a critical role in the government, promoting government accountability and reform while curtailing abuses.
  • Numerous laws provide whistleblowers in the public and private sectors with important protections, including more than one-hundred federal laws that include either a whistleblower-related or retaliation-prohibition provision.  Among them are two key laws, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) and the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (WPEA), which specifically protect whistleblowers who are federal employees. Additional legislation has extended whistleblower protections to federal contractors and grantees.

WITNESSES

Elizabeth Hempowicz
Director of Public Policy
Project on Government Oversight

David K. Colapinto
Founder and General Counsel

National Whistleblower Center

Paul Rosenzweig

Resident Senior Fellow, National Security and Cybersecurity

R Street

The Honorable Glenn A. Fine

Principal Deputy Inspector General Performing the Duties of the Inspector General

Department of Defense

The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz

Inspector General

U.S. Department of Justice

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Issues: 
116th Congress