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Whistleblower Protection Act of 2019

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Whistleblower Protection Act of 2019

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11/06/19

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Introduced in Senate

Date: November 6, 2019

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116.S.2798
1.Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Whistleblower Protection Act of 2019.
2.DefinitionsIn this Act
  • (1)the term Federal contractor means a contractor or subcontractor (at any tier) of the United States Government; and
  • (2)the term personnel action
    • (A)has the meaning given that term in section 2302 of title 5, United States Code; and
    • (B)includes other disciplinary or corrective action and performance evaluations by an employer.
3.Whistleblower protections for contractors
  • (a)Prohibited personnel practicesAn employee of a Federal contractor who has authority to take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action, shall not, with respect to such authority
    • (1)take or fail to take, or threaten to take or fail to take, a personnel action with respect to any employee of the Federal contractor or applicant for employment by the Federal contractor because of
      • (A)any disclosure of information by the employee of the Federal contractor or applicant for employment by the Federal contractor which the employee of the Federal contractor or applicant for employment by the Federal contractor reasonably believes evidences
        • (i)any violation of any law, rule, or regulation; or
        • (ii)gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety,
      • if such disclosure is not specifically prohibited by law and if such information is not specifically required by Executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or the conduct of foreign affairs; or
      • (B)any disclosure to the Special Counsel, or to the Inspector General of an agency or another employee designated by the head of the agency to receive such disclosures, of information which the employee of the Federal contractor or applicant for employment by the Federal contractor reasonably believes evidences
        • (i)any violation (other than a violation of this section) of any law, rule, or regulation; or