Rep. Nancy Mace
Rep. Nancy Mace
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Nancy Mace, R-S.C., has announced she and a bipartisan group of members of Congress will reintroduce "The Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act of 2021" to strengthen protections for federal employees who expose wrongdoing.

"When Americans alert the nation to waste, fraud, and abuse by the federal government, they take immense personal, professional, and emotional risks," said Mace.

"Right now, these brave citizens are vulnerable to vicious campaigns of intimidation and retaliation which put their ability to provide for their families in jeopardy. Whistleblowers help root out corruption and we must ensure they aren't victimized or silenced by those who seek to abuse their power."

Among other reforms, the Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act of 2021 would:

Expand whistleblower protections by:

• Making clear that no federal government employee may interfere with or retaliate against a federal employee sharing information with Congress;

• Prohibiting agencies from launching retaliatory investigations against employees who blow the whistle; and

• Prohibiting retaliation against a federal employee for disclosing to a supervisor any violations of law, gross mismanagement or waste, abuse of authority, or substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

Ensure due process and equitable relief for whistleblowers by:

• Providing timely consideration and appeals for employees who request a delay in adverse personnel actions;

• Granting whistleblowers access to a jury trial in federal district court if the Merit Systems Protections Board does not issue a decision in 180 days (or 240 days for complex cases);

• Clarifying that whistleblowers who prevail are entitled to recover attorney fees and be granted necessary relief to make them whole, such as through training, restoration of seniority, or a promotion consistent with the employee’s record; and

• Providing protections for more federal employees by extending Title 5 protections to non-career senior executive service employees, public health service officers or applicants, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s commissioned officer corps.