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H.R. 4043 (115th): Whistleblower Protection Extension Act of 2017

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4043 amends the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 by eliminating a sunset so all Inspector General (IG) offices will permanently have the authority to designate whistleblower protection ombudsmen. Additionally, the bill amends the functions and name of the whistleblower ombudsman in the Inspector General Act of 1978 and requires additional reporting by IGs, agencies, and the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.

Included in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012, the ombudsman pilot program directs agency inspectors general to designate an ombudsman to educate agency employees about whistleblower protection and remedies for retaliation. The ombudsman, renamed the “Whistleblower Protection Coordinator” in the bill, is the central educational resource for agency employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse.

Since the 2012 law …

Sponsor and status

Rod Blum

Sponsor. Representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018
Length: 8 pages
Oct 12, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was enacted as:

S. 1869: Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Jun 25, 2018. (compare text)

1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)



Oct 12, 2017

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Nov 2, 2017
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Jan 11, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

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Mar 6, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 4043 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4043. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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