Homeland Security Appeals Broader Whistleblower Protection

Law360, New York (July 11, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday appealed an April ruling that found that government whistleblowers were protected by federal law unless their disclosures were explicitly prohibited by another statute, arguing the decision hinders the executive branch’s ability to prohibit the disclosure of sensitive information.

The Federal Circuit panel’s decision, which provides an exception for individual employees who choose to publicly disclose sensitive security information by whistleblowing, “eviscerates” the executive branch's ability to carry out Congress’ directive that federal agencies set up rules prohibiting such...
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