2021 Legislative Agenda

The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) wages advocacy campaigns focused on protecting people and the environment from corruption – with whistleblowers serving in a critical leadership role. These campaigns often include U.S.-based legislative and agency actions. As a result, NWC closely monitors Congressional action, including proposed and passed legislation, along with federal agency actions, including rule proposals and revisions.

NWC is currently working towards multiple legislative and agency aims, including:

Updates from the 117th Congress

Merit Systems Protection Board Empowerment Act

The Merit Systems Protection Board Empowerment Act was introduced into the House by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) on February 23rd in light of the current crisis at the MSPB, which has lacked a quorum for over four years and not had a single sitting member for two years.

The Empowerment Act contains four key improvements. It: (1) reauthorizes the MSPB through 2026; (2) allows the MSPB to conduct employee surveys; (3) enables the MSPB to collect information on applicants for federal employment; and (4) requires successful completion of whistleblower training for MSPB members, administrative judges, and other applicable employees.

You can read NWC’s full letter of support for the bill here and learn more about our work to protect federal employee whistleblowers here.

House Resolution 8

On January 4th, 2021, the House of Representatives adopted a new rule, H. Res. 8, to protect the identity of whistleblowers who anonymously report wrongdoing to the House. H. Res. 8 was announced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in response to efforts to unmask the identity of the Intelligence Community whistleblower, whose disclosures led to the impeachment of President Trump over the Ukraine scandal.

The new whistleblower rule will strengthen bipartisan Congressional oversight. It follows federal laws providing for whistleblower confidentiality and prohibits House Members from disclosing the identity of whistleblowers who fall under the protection of any federal whistleblower law. The rule makes the disclosure of a federal whistleblower’s identity a violation of the House’s Official Code of Conduct.

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