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Senate Report No. 112-155 (Apr. 19, 2012)

Senate Report No. 112-155 (Apr. 19, 2012)

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GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICEWASHINGTON
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112th Congress
 2d Session
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EPORT
 
2012
 112–155
Calendar No. 358
WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2012R E P O R T
OF THE
 
COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY ANDGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRSUNITED STATES SENATE
TO ACCOMPANY
 
S. 743
TO AMEND CHAPTER 23 OF TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TOCLARIFY THE DISCLOSURES OF INFORMATION PROTECTEDFROM PROHIBITED PERSONNEL PRACTICES, REQUIRE A STATE-MENT IN NON-DISCLOSURE POLICIES, FORMS, AND AGREE-MENTS THAT SUCH POLICIES, FORMS, AND AGREEMENTS CON-FORM WITH CERTAIN DISCLOSURE PROTECTIONS, PROVIDECERTAIN AUTHORITY FOR THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, AND FOROTHER PURPOSES A
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19, 2012.—Ordered to be printed
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COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
JOSEPH I. LIEBERMAN, Connecticut,
Chairman
CARL LEVIN, MichiganDANIEL K. AKAKA, HawaiiTHOMAS R. CARPER, DelawareMARK L. PRYOR, ArkansasMARY L. LANDRIEU, LouisianaCLAIRE M
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CASKILL, MissouriJON TESTER, MontanaMARK BEGICH, AlaskaSUSAN M. COLLINS, MaineTOM COBURN, OklahomaSCOTT P. BROWN, MassachusettsJOHN M
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CAIN, ArizonaRON JOHNSON, WisconsinROB PORTMAN, OhioRAND PAUL, KENTUCKYJERRY MORAN, KansasM
ICHAEL
L. A
LEXANDER
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Staff Director
B
ETH
M. G
ROSSMAN
,
 Deputy Staff Director and Chief Counsel
L
 AWRENCE
B. N
OVEY
,
Chief Counsel for Governmental Affairs
L
ISA
M. P
OWELL
,
Staff Director, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management,the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia
N
ICKOLAS
 A. R
OSSI
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 Minority Staff Director
M
 ARK 
B. L
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 Minority General Counsel
J
OHN
 A.
 ANE
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 Minority Professional Staff Member
T
RINA
D
RIESSNACK 
T
 YRER
,
Chief Clerk
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C O N T E N T S
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I. Purpose and Summary..................................................................................1II. Background....................................................................................................2 A.Clarification of What Constitutes a Protected Disclosure ............4B.Reasonable Belief—Irrefragable Proof ...........................................9C.All-Circuit Review ............................................................................11D.Office of Special Counsel—Amicus Curiae Authority ...................12E.Burden of Proof in Office of Special Counsel Disciplinary Ac-tions .................................................................................................14F.Office of Special Counsel Attorney’s Fees ......................................15G.Anti-Gag Provisions .........................................................................16H.Retroactive Exemption of Agency Employees from Whistle-blower Protections ..........................................................................17I.Whistleblower Protection for Transportation Security Adminis-tration Employees ...........................................................................18J.Penalties for Retaliatory Investigations .........................................20K.Clarification of Whistleblower Rights for Critical InfrastructureInformation .....................................................................................22L.Right to a Full Hearing ...................................................................23M.Disclosures of Scientific Censorship ..............................................24N.Reporting Requirements ..................................................................25O.Alternative Review ..........................................................................25P.MSPB Summary Judgment Authority ...........................................28Q.Classified Disclosures to Congress for Employees under theWhistleblower Protection Act ........................................................28R.Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman ..........................................32S.Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protections ......................32T.Review of Security Clearance or Access Determinations ..............35III. Legislative History.........................................................................................40IV. Section-by-Section Analysis..........................................................................41 V. Estimated Cost of Legislation.......................................................................52 VI. Evaluation of Regulatory Impact..................................................................55 VII. Changes in Existing Law..............................................................................55
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