Blum Authored Legislation To Protect Whistleblowers Passes OGR Committee

Bill Authored by Rep. Blum Now Heads To House Floor

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Washington, DC, March 1, 2016 | comments

Today the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform unanimously passed legislation authored by Congressman Rod Blum, H.R. 4639, the Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act, to reauthorize the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).

The Office of Special Counsel is responsible for protecting federal employees from retaliation for “whistleblowing” on violations of law, mismanagement of funds, abuse of authority, or other prohibited personnel practices within the federal government. Rep. Blum’s legislation would reauthorize the OSC for an additional five years while streamlining the process by which the OSC gathers evidence from agencies that are withholding information and documents during investigations.

“I thank my colleagues on the Oversight & Government Reform Committee for their strong support of this bill today,” said Congressman Blum. “The Office of Special Counsel plays a key role in protecting federal employees who have the courage to blow the whistle on abuse and mismanagement in our government.  As those employees who called attention to the mistreatment of veterans at the Veterans’ Affairs hospitals know first hand, the OSC is critically important to protect whistleblowers like them from potential retaliation from federal agencies. The reauthorization of the OSC is long past due, and I am encouraged by today’s strong bipartisan support for our legislation.”

This legislation now awaits further consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives.

Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.

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