May 27, 2016 | 82° | Check Traffic

Top News

Akaka’s whistleblower protection bill clears Senate

 

Legislation by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii to strengthen federal whistleblower protections has passed the Senate and awaits an uncertain fate in the House.

It proposes to clarify protections for U.S. workers when disclosing waste, fraud or abuse, and to extend whistleblower provisions and nondiscrimination laws to Transportation Security Administration employees.

It also would allow more federal courts to hear whistleblower cases over the next five years, and bar retaliation against intelligence agency employees for whistleblowing.

The measure easily passed the Senate Friday.

The House approved another version last year. Akaka hopes the House will pass the Senate version before it adjourns in the next week or so.

 

No comments
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.