|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe whistleblowers should be protected by the law to report their concerns to their supervisors without fear of retaliation. Whistleblowers are a critical part to keeping government institutions transparent and accountable.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that intelligence whistleblowers do not need any extra protection by the law to report their concerns. There is a system set in place for some cases and employees do not have a need to report it specifically to their supervisor or their direct chain of command.
H.R.1064 would allow whistleblowers to report concerns about classified programs directly to their supervisors and up their chain of command.
Currently, it is unlawful to retaliate against a federal employee for disclosing classified or protected information of wrongdoing to anyone of the following recipients:
• the Office of Inspector General of their agency;
• the U.S. Office of Special Counsel; or
• a designated agency employee.
The legislation expands the list of recipients to whom a federal employee may make a protected disclosure to include a supervisor in the employee's direct chain of command, not just the past three recipients.
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) is an original co-sponsor of the legislation and the former Chairman of the House Oversight’s Subcommittee on Government Operations.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has also expressed his support for the bill.
The bill passed the House on 02/11/2019 and currently sits in the Senate.
Sponsored by: Rep. Hill, Katie [D-CA-25].
Cosponsored by: 2 Rep / 0 Dem.
Sponsored by: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA].
Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 44 Dem / 2 Ind.