IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 18, 2021
Mr. Leahy introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To amend title 5, United States Code, to protect Federal employees from retaliation for the lawful use of Federal records, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Federal Employee Access to Information Act.
Protections against retaliation for lawful use of Federal records by Federal employees
Protection against retaliation
Section 2302(b)(9) of title 5, United States Code, is amended—
in subparagraph (C), by striking
or at the end;
in subparagraph (D), by inserting
or after the semicolon; and
by adding at the end the following:
the employee or applicant for employment—
making a request for information pursuant to section 552 (commonly referred to as the
Freedom of Information Act) or subsection (d) of section 552a (commonly referred to as the
Privacy Act of 1974); or
pursuing any administrative or judicial action with respect to such request, including seeking assistance or to engage in dispute resolution, as described in section 552;
Sections 1214, 1215(a)(3)(B), 1221, 2302, and 7703 of title 5, United States Code, are amended by striking
or (D) in each instance and inserting
(D), or (E).
Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012
Section 116(b)(1)(A) of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (31 U.S.C. 1116 note) is amended by striking
or (D) and inserting
(D), or (E).