Blum Whistleblower Protection Passes House

Legislation Will Reauthorize Office of Special Counsel

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Washington, DC, June 21, 2016 | comments

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Rod Blum’s legislation, 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. Congressman Blum’s legislation will 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 here in the House 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 our nation’s veterans at the Veterans Affairs hospitals know first hand, the OSC is critically important in the protection of whistleblowers from workplace retaliation. This reauthorization of the OSC is long past due, and I am encouraged by today’s strong bipartisan support for my legislation.”

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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