Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Proposed Federal Whistleblower Enhancement Act

Politico yesterday had an article regarding the competing Senate and House bills designed to strengthen whisteblower protections for federal employees and the controversy over federal employees in security work, e.g., the FBI. Representative Van Hollen’s (D. Md) bill (H.R. 1507) provides essentially the same protections to security workers as to other employees; whereas Sen. Akaka’s (D Hawaii) bill (S. 372) provides limited protections to federal security workers. The difference, according the article, has created a split among interest groups lobbying for passage with some willing to accept Senator Akaka’s version in order to get legislation and at least one group apparently unwilling to agree to the Akaka compromise.

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