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house Bill H.R. 1064

Should Whistleblowers be Allowed to Disclose Information to More People?

Argument in favor

Whistleblowers play an important role in identifying illegal conduct, waste of funds, gross mismanagement, or other misconduct at federal agencies. These people should have as many avenues as possible for whistleblowing.

Rebekah 's Opinion
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02/12/2019
Whistleblowers are our last bulwark against corruption and malfeasance. If they aren't protected, we slide into tyranny.
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IllWill's Opinion
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02/11/2019
Whistleblowers need a lot more protection! Only people on the inside will have a clear understanding of anything that is happening within our government that’s wasteful, illegal, or unethical.
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Beverly's Opinion
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02/12/2019
Whistleblowers should be protected and assisted. Those who are doing the right thing cannot see it any other way.
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Argument opposed

Agency supervisors, agency inspector generals, and the Office of Special Counsel are all already authorized to receive information from whistleblowers. That’s enough people who can receive information from whistleblowers — expanding the list is unnecessary.

Sam's Opinion
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02/11/2019
Whistle blowers should be able to disclose information to general public. What the government does all should know. It’s called being above reproach. If someone would be called a whistle blower for talking about it (I.e. Snowden) don’t do it.
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Temujin's Opinion
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02/12/2019
Enforce and use the laws we already have, don’t make more.
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RjGoodman's Opinion
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02/11/2019
No, it appears that this is a redundant bill. These people are covered in other regulations.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1064?

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.

Impact

Whistleblowers; federal agencies; agency supervisors; agency heads; and agency IGs.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1064

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. 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.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients.

Official Title

To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients.

    Whistleblowers are our last bulwark against corruption and malfeasance. If they aren't protected, we slide into tyranny.
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    Whistleblowers need a lot more protection! Only people on the inside will have a clear understanding of anything that is happening within our government that’s wasteful, illegal, or unethical.
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    Whistleblowers should be protected and assisted. Those who are doing the right thing cannot see it any other way.
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    Unequivocally, yes! You do something questionable, you deserve to be outed! Act appropriately and you need not worry, eh?
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    THE MORE THE MERRIER IT WOULD SEEM. Whistleblowers play an important role in identifying illegal conduct, waste of funds, gross mismanagement, or other misconduct at federal agencies. These people should have as many avenues as possible for whistleblowing. SneakyPete........ 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 2*11*19.....
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    Whistle blowers should be able to disclose information to general public. What the government does all should know. It’s called being above reproach. If someone would be called a whistle blower for talking about it (I.e. Snowden) don’t do it.
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    People seeing things going on within a corporation that are ethically, morally, and legally wrong should have avenues within their organization to go to and if it doesn’t work then, then they should be given other avenues in which to voice their concerns if nothing works internally
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    That's a no brainer. Think about it as if you were travelling down the road. You see a vehicle rear end another vehicle and then drive off. What do you do? The right answer would be to report what you saw in order for there to be some sort of justice.
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    Integrity should always be protected and encouraged.
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    We must protect children with whistleblower protections as well. History has proven that no society, culture, or nation survives 4 generations of continual neglect and the widespread abandonment of societal protections for children. America’s fourth generation should be here in less than 5 years, our birth rate continues to fall, and the only sustained concern I have witnessed from any of our elected officials is a concern for the welfare of 2 undocumented children during the month of December. Emotional abuse is destroying family systems from the inside out and must be stopped. Not only do whistleblower protections need to be in place, but recourse actions must be made available should those protections fail. https://lynnenamka.com/relationships/relationships-articles/selfishness-narcissism-family-relationships/
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    Enforce and use the laws we already have, don’t make more.
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    Yes. When things are done behind closed doors corruption starts the run wild. Laws get ignored & damage is allowed to grow until there is no hiding it.
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    Yes. Whistleblowers should tell everyone, especially the press. The more people who know, the less likely it will be swept under the rug.
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    "Supervisors, Inspector Generals and Special Counsels" are a good start, but who knows what they will bury and what will be brought to light....The actions of the above are much more likely to be impacted by the scope of who is aware of the content the whistle blower has put forward.....once again, TRANSPARENCY is key....I can think of very little that is done "in the dark".
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    Yes! That’s covered under Freedom of Speech and the wicked DEMONcrats would love to destroy our 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech plus all the rest of our Amendments that protect US from wicked politicians like them!
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    Should make public too
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    Truth does not fear investigation.
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    Someone has to tell us the truth.
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    Always!!
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    Yes, yes they should.
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