NDAA Whistleblower Rules Expose More Cos. To Complaints

Law360, New York (January 8, 2013, 8:06 PM EST) -- The new National Defense Authorization Act extends whistleblower protections to employees of government contractors working across the federal agencies, encouraging more workers to reveal misconduct and underscoring the need for contractors to have strong internal mechanisms for handling complaints, attorneys say.

The NDAA, signed into law Jan. 2, includes a section dedicated to enhancing existing whistleblower protections for employees of contractors and subcontractors for the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA. The "intelligence community" is exempt.

However, the NDAA also established a "pilot program" extending whistleblower protections to employees of contractors and subcontractors working for other federal agencies, and calls for...

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