Dozens of federal laws protect employees who report waste, fraud or abuse by their employers. Some of those laws, particularly those that apply to private-sector workers, have been strengthened in recent years, according to a new survey from the Congressional Research Service.
“Eleven of the forty laws reviewed in this report were enacted after 1999. Among these laws are the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” the CRS report said.
The report “focuses on key aspects of the federal whistleblower and anti-retaliation laws. For each law, the report summarizes the activities that are protected, how the law’s protections are enforced, whether the law provides a private right of action, the remedies prescribed by the law, and the year the law’s whistleblower or anti-retaliation provisions were adopted and amended.”
The report does not address national security whistleblowers, or those who disclose classified information with or without authorization. See Survey of Federal Whistleblower and Anti-Retaliation Laws, April 22, 2013.
Other new or newly updated CRS reports that Congress has not made publicly available include the following.
State Taxation of Internet Transactions, April 19, 2013
Drought in the United States: Causes and Issues for Congress, April 22, 2013
The FY2014 State and Foreign Operations Budget Request, April 18, 2013
U.S.-EU Cooperation Against Terrorism, April 22, 2013
Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2013, April 19, 2013
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