This bill would amend the U.S. Code to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to a broader range of recipients, including the Inspector General (IG) of an agency, a supervisor in the employee’s direct chain of command up to and including the agency’s head, and an employee designated as the recipient of whistleblower complaints.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not votedIntroducedFebruary 7th, 2019
What is House Bill H.R. 1064?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 1064
In-Depth: Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) introduced this bill to create more avenues for whistleblowers to report information to the appropriate channels. This bill has one cosponsor, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).
Currently, there are three common ways for federal employees to blow the whistle: 1) reporting to a supervisor, 2) contacting the IG, and 3) contacting the Office of Special Counsel. Government Executive reports that federal employees are “often the only people in the position to identify illegal conduct, waste of funds, gross mismanagement or other misconduct at federal agencies… risking their careers.. [to] try to report and fix problems at their agencies” and protect the public’s interests.
Summary by Lorelei Yang
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