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


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 29, 2017 (Reported by House Committee).

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. …


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Union Calendar No. 38

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 657

[Report No. 115–67]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 24, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Gohmert, Ms. Norton, Mr. Meadows, Ms. Sinema, Mr. Cole, Mr. Costa, and Mr. Grothman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

March 29, 2017

Additional sponsors: Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Delaney, and Mr. Perlmutter

March 29, 2017

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on January 24, 2017


A BILL

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


1.

Short title

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

2.

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

(a)

In general

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

(b)

Technical correction

Such subparagraph is further amended by striking for.

March 29, 2017

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed