The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia is holding a hearing right now on whistleblower protections. The hearing began at 2:30pm EDT. The subcommittee is holding this hearing to consider legislation in the Senate to provide whistleblowers with stronger protections, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009 (S. 372). The hearing will also address differences between S. 372 and the House version of the bill (H.R. 1507).
As we explain in a new AALL Issue Brief on whistleblower protections, the Senate bill lacks several important provisions in the House bill, including the right to a jury trial in federal court and coverage of national security employees. On May 15, AALL joined 292 organizations on a letter to President Obama and Members of Congress in support of the House bill.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]