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New Protection for Whistle-Blowers

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Location: Washington, DC

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed into law new legislation to better protect federal employees who come forward to reveal government waste, fraud, abuse, and other wrongdoing. This bipartisan legislation, The histleblower Protection Enhancement Act, was authored by Senators Susan Collins and Daniel Akaka (D-HI).

"Our new law makes crystal clear that federal employees should not be subject to prior restraint from, or punishment for, disclosing wrongdoing," said Senator Collins. "The whistleblowers' law will help give federal workers the peace of mind that if they speak out, they will be protected. Whistleblower protections will also help ensure that Congress has access to the information necessary to conduct proper oversight. It is important to note a major change made by the Akaka-Collins law is that, for the first time, the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel will have the tools needed to enforce the law."


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