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Whistleblower Protection Program Information

Protected Disclosures

Disclosure by current and former Federal employees and applicants of the following types of wrongdoing are covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989:

  • a violation of any law, rule, or regulation,
  • mismanagement,
  • a gross waste of funds,
  • an abuse of authority, or
  • a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

Other Information for Potential Whistleblowers

  • Employees who report allegations of serious wrongdoing or gross mismanagement must provide sufficient information for the OIG to commence an inquiry. This is particularly important when the employee wishes to remain confidential.
  • Employees are reporting parties, not investigators.
  • Protection of a disclosing-employee's identity is not absolute, but will always be maintained to the fullest extent possible.
  • Employees must be candid and truthful with investigators or others to whom they disclose alleged wrongdoing or mismanagement.
  • An employee's right to protection against reprisal does not extend immunity for the employee's own involvement in wrongdoing or mismanagement.

Disclosures of information protected by law should be made to a Government agency, such as the OIG, that is authorized to receive and investigate such a disclosure.

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