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H.R. 2988 (117th): Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act of 2021

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To amend title 5, United States Code, to modify and enhance protections for Federal Government whistleblowers, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Carolyn Maloney

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 19, 2022
Length: 26 pages
May 4, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 15, 2022 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


29 Cosponsors (28 Democrats, 1 Republican)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 2988 – Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act of 2021 (Sep 13, 2022)

What legislators are saying

The DeSaulnier DIgest: Supporting Workers, the Environment, and Local Family
    — Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA10] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 19, 2022

rep. nancy Mace on the passage of her bipartisan whistleblower protection improvement act
    — Rep. Nancy Mace [R-SC1] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 15, 2022

congressman Bishop supports more accurate, transparent, and accountable government
    — Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA2] on Sep 15, 2022

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2988 will add $24 million in new spending through 2031.


May 4, 2021

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Jun 29, 2021
Ordered Reported

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May 17, 2022
Reported by House Committee on Oversight and Reform

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Sep 6, 2022
Text Published

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Sep 15, 2022
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 2988 (117th) 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. 2988. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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