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H.R. 657 (115th): Follow the Rules Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 27, 2017 (Passed Congress).

Summary of this bill

Imagine you’re a federal worker and your boss asks you to violate a federal law that’s been passed by Congress. If you refuse to do so — instead pledging fidelity to the law — you’re protected from employment retaliation thanks to the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. It’s your superior who’s considered in the wrong for making the illegal request in the first place, not you for disobeying your boss.

But what if you disobey an order to violate a regulation instituted by the executive branch instead, rather than a law passed by Congress? The difference may seem minor, but the consequences are major: you’re not protected at all. …


One Hundred Fifteenth Congress of the United States of America

At the First Session

H. R. 657


To amend title 5, United States Code, to extend certain protections against prohibited personnel practices, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Follow the Rules Act.


Prohibited personnel action based on ordering individual to violate rule or regulation


In general

Subparagraph (D) of section 2302(b)(9) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting , rule, or regulation after law.


Technical correction

Such subparagraph is further amended by striking for.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.