Whistleblower Protections for Federal Employees

There are over 50 U.S. whistleblower laws. This Rule outlines most of those laws, and Rules 5 through 14 provide further detail. Both the Federal Whistleblower Laws & Regulations and the False Claims Acts: Federal, State and Municipal qui tam Laws were updated in 2018.

“In the vast federal bureaucracy it is not difficult to conceal wrongdoing provided that no one summons the courage to disclose the truth.”

Senate Report, Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (2012)

The Whistleblower Protection Act covering federal employees does not authorize federal court proceedings. Numerous attempts have been made to permit federal court access, including:

  • House of Representatives supporting jury trials by a non-partisan vote of 331-94 on March 14, 2008: HR 985
    • The House Report on HR 985 Part 1
    • The House Report on HR 985 Part 11
  • In 2012 the Senate Committee with responsibility over federal employees also endorsed jury trials for federal employees in Senate Report 112-155.

Whistleblower Retaliation at the FBI

FBI Agent Jane Turner Discusses Theft from Ground Zero

Democratic Policy Committee with Steve Kohn and Bunnatine Greenhouse