S. 622 (103rd): A bill to authorize appropriations for the United States Office of Special Counsel, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and for other purposes.

Mar 19, 1993 (103rd Congress, 1993–1994)
Died (Passed Senate)
Carl Levin
Senator from Michigan
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Last Updated
Oct 03, 1994
18 pages
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H.R. 2970 (Related)
An Act to authorize appropriations for the United States Office of Special Counsel, the ...

Signed by the President
Oct 29, 1994


This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on October 3, 1994 but was never passed by the House.

Introduced Mar 19, 1993
Referred to Committee Mar 19, 1993
Reported by Committee Apr 26, 1994
Passed Senate Oct 03, 1994

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2 cosponsors (1D, 1R) (show)

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10/3/1994--Passed Senate amended.
Amends the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Makes numerous miscellaneous and technical amendments to various OSC provisions under WPA, including those regarding OSC administration and powers of disclosure, investigation of prohibited personnel practices and individual rights of action in certain reprisal cases, and OSC reports.
Amends Federal law to:
(1) make an agency decision to order psychiatric testing or examination of an employee, as well as any other significant change in duties, responsibilities, or working conditions, a personnel action subject to review in whistleblower cases;
(2) extend protection against certain prohibited personnel practices to employees of Government corporations;
(3) make agency and Government corporation heads responsible for ensuring that their employees are informed of the rights and remedies available under Federal law for whistleblowers;
(4) make compliance with merit systems principles a factor in Senior Executive Service performance appraisals;
(5) revise the definition of covered position with respect to prohibited personnel practices;
(6) permit reasonable attorney's fees in certain cases;
(7) allow Federal employees to use circumstantial evidence in seeking to obtain corrective actions;
(8) extend whistleblower protection coverage to certain Department of Veterans Affairs personnel;
(9) allow the Board to order corrective action that will make the employee whole; and
(10) give the MSPB the authorization to receive reimbursement, subject to congressional limitation, from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund for expenses incurred in administering Federal retirement appeals.
Requires OSC to:
(1) issue a policy statement regarding the implementation of WPA;
(2) include in any letter terminating an investigation of a prohibited personnel practice the identification of an OSC employee who can respond to questions on the investigations; and
(3) conduct an annual survey of all individuals who contact it for assistance.
Gives employees of the Resolution Trust Corporation and Thrift Depositor Protection Oversight Board the option of electing which laws to apply in pursuing remedies in Whistleblower cases.

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