Bills Protecting Whistleblowers, Strengthening Fraud Prevention Pass House

Published: Jun 21, 2016

Legislation spearheaded by Reps. Blum, Meadows, and Hurd

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed three bipartisan bills under suspension of the rules. Together, the bills bring cost savings, increased transparency, and fraud reduction to the federal government.

Key Bill Details:

Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act (H.R. 4639) – Representative Rod Blum (R-IA)

  • Reauthorizes the Office of Special Counsel and makes changes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of OSC operations.

Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015 (S. 2133) – Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)

  • Strengthens agency fraud prevention and detection efforts by requiring agencies to adopt more proactive measures and requires the establishment of a multiagency working group.
  • Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced a companion bill in the House, H.R. 4180, which was marked up in Committee.

To amend title 5, United States Code, to expand law enforcement availability pay to employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations (H.R. 4902) – Representative Will Hurd (R-TX)

  • Standardizes premium pay for any employee of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations who is a law enforcement officer.

Background:

Markups on the bills were held in March 2016, December 2015, and April 2016 respectively.