Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 By Tod Aronovitz | 12/31/12 | 0 Comment

Federal employees who are contemplating whistleblower charges in 2013 now have greater legal protections under recent legislation.

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (WPEA) was signed into law by President Obama on November 27, 2012 and became effective on December 27, 2012.

The WPEA amends whistleblower protections for federal employees by:

  • Clarifying the scope of protected disclosures
  • Tightening requirements for non-disclosure agreements
  • Expanding the penalties imposed for violating whistleblower protections
  • Establishing a Whistleblower Protection Ombudsmen in certain agencies

Significant Changes in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012

Closing loopholes is a chief aim of the new legislation. Significant changes are outlined below.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees, as well as any individual applying for a position within the TSA, now have greater levels of coverage

A Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman is to be named by the Office of the Inspector General (IG) in every federal agency. The ombudsman shall educate agency employees about prohibitions on retaliation for protected disclosures. Federal employees within each agency who have made or are contemplating making a protected disclosure shall be educated about the rights and remedies against retaliation for protected disclosures.

Researchers and scientists are also granted increased levels of protected disclosure. Specifically, any disclosure of information by an employee or applicant for employment that the employee or applicant reasonably believes is evidence of censorship related to research, analysis, or technical information now has greater protection. The whistleblower must reasonably believe that the censorship in question is or will cause a violation of law or a gross waste of funds, among other considerations, that present a danger to public health or safety.

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