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Bill would extend civilian contractor whistleblower protections

Whistleblower.

A bipartisan group of House legislators wants to give federal contractors who report waste, fraud and abuse more protection from retaliation.

The Whistleblower Protections for Contractors Act would expand whistleblower protections to federal contractors and grantees. Its sponsors include Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, respectively.

The bill would put whistleblowing protections for federal civilian contractors on the same level as existing protections for defense contractors by making temporary civilian whistleblowing programs permanent. It would also extend the same protections to contractors working on both civilian and defense contracts and to subcontractors and personal service contractors.

The bill is the House companion to legislation introduced in the Senate in 2015 by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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