Three U.S. Senators introduced legislation Monday that boosts whistleblower protections for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) employees. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. called for expanded whistleblower protections after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report documented a culture of intimidation and retaliation against employees within the DOE. Currently, DOE whistleblower protections are restricted to the disclosure of safety violations only. The proposed bill would add disclosures about waste, fraud, and abuse to the list of protected whistleblower activities within the agency. The bill would also require DOE contractors to pay the legal and administrative costs in ... Read More
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