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H.R. 69 (115th): Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 69 reauthorizes the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and makes changes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of OSC operations. Major provisions of H.R. 69 include:

Reauthorization of OSC:

Section 2 of the bil amends the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 to reauthorize through FY2020 the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency tasked with protecting federal employees, former employees, and applicants for employment from prohibited personnel practices, which include but are not limited to discrimination, nepotism, and whistleblower retaliation.

Agency Disclosure Requirements:

Section 3 gives OSC access to any record of any agency under its jurisdiction, requiring OSC to apply the same level of confidentiality for the information as the agency through which it originated. Section 4, furthermore, extends ...

Sponsor and status

Rod Blum

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

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2017
Length: 11 pages
Jan 3, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on January 4, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

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3 Cosponsors (2 Democrats, 1 Republican)



Jan 3, 2017

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Jan 4, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 69 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 69. 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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