President Barack Obama had finally signed into law the bill that aims to give protections to whistle blower federal employees. It served as the culmination of some 13 long years of efforts by an advocacy group.
The said bill was signed into law towards the end of November. The new law includes provisions that amend the scope of protected disclosures, modify requirements for non-disclosure agreements, expand the penalties imposed for violating the whistle blower protections, and designate a Whistle Blower Protection Ombudsman in certain federal agencies.
Apparently, the bill’s legislation mirrors a 13-year effort, according to the Washington-based Government Accountability Project. As such, its advocates were overwhelmed when the House of Representatives approved the said bill last September, until it was approved by the Senate on November 13.
Moreover, the bill’s supporters’ victory became complete when President Obama signed the bill into law last November 27.
In a statement released by the Washington-based group, it claimed that the recent legislation provides millions of federal workers with the rights they need in safely reporting corruption and wrongdoing in the government.
Meanwhile, although whistle-blower protection to federal security agency employees is not covered in the provisions set in the new law, President Obama nevertheless issued a separate directive providing relief for the said employees. Thereby, everybody could receive an equal employment opportunity, noted by a California wrongful termination lawyer.