Federal employees who disclose waste, fraud and abuse make a giant contribution to the nation. Their integrity, and sometimes sacrifice, help the United States maintain a level of honesty, efficiency and accountability that make us the envy of many other nations. Recognizing this contribution, Congress has enacted numerous laws to encourage government employees to disclose wrongdoing and protect those who do from retaliation.
The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (WPEA) is the most recent whistleblower statute protecting federal employee whistleblowers. It was signed into law on November 27, 2012, with the intention of strengthening existing whistleblower laws. In one section of this law Congress directed each Inspector General to appoint a Whistleblower Ombudsman. The mission of these Ombudsmen is education of agency employees:
1. about prohibitions on retaliation for protected disclosures; and
2. who have made or are contemplating making a protected disclosure about the rights and remedies against retaliation for protected disclosures.
WPEA provides that “The Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman shall not act as a legal representative, agent, or advocate of the employee or former employee.” Ombuds work closely with the agency with primary responsibility for whistleblower protection, the Office of Special Counsel.
This is an unofficial website with the mission of providing resources to support these whistleblower ombudsmen. We receive no funding from the federal government, and do not purport to represent the views of the federal government nor any other entity. Like the ombudsmen we support, we do not represent or otherwise assist any particular whistleblowers.
We frequently link to websites or videos of other organizations or persons to illustrate various ideas, positive or negative. No link should be considered an endorsement.
This site focuses on the purview of IG Whistleblower Ombuds: statutory protections for federal civil service whistleblowers, especially WPEA. As a courtesy, to avoid confusion, we are developing a page with links to resources on other topics, including:
- Intelligence Community Whistleblower Issues (HPPD-19)
- Contractor/Grantee Employee Protections (National Defense Authorization Act 2013)
- False Claim Act Whistleblower Provisions
We welcome suggestions as to how we could improve our services to the whistleblower ombudsman community.