GOP Bill Targets Federal Agency Whistleblower Retaliation

Law360, Washington (October 5, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT) -- Two Republican senators have introduced a bill aimed at curbing retaliation against government whistleblowers, adding penalties for executive branch employees who demote or fire whistleblowers and giving agencies increased powers to determine if a whistleblower was punished and to counteract the retaliation.

Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., on Thursday introduced the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act. It is named for a former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs psychologist who was fired after questioning his hospital's prescription practices, then committed suicide the same day. The bill would allow a special counsel to stay for two months any termination...

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