Definition

Whistleblower Protection Act

The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from retaliatory action for voluntarily disclosing information about dishonest or illegal activities occurring at a government organization.

The law prohibits a federal agency from taking action, or threatening to take action, against an employee or applicant for disclosing information that he or she believes violated a law, compliance rules or other regulation. The disclosed information could include reports of mismanagement wrongdoing, the waste of funds, an abuse of authority, and/or a potential risk to public health or safety. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has jurisdiction over allegations of federal whistleblower retaliation and investigates federal whistleblower complaints.

In 2009, Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) introduced the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) to strengthen the legislation. WPEA became law in November 2012.

 

Contributor(s): Ben Cole
This was last updated in November 2012
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Email Alerts

Register now to receive SearchCompliance.com-related news, tips and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Do you have something to add to this definition? Let us know.

Send your comments to techterms@whatis.com

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: