There are times that there will be corruption inside an institution or even in the government and someone will have to tell the truth about what is happening inside. That person would be the whistleblower and he is the most possible person that could uncover all of the secrets that institution is hiding and will become a star witness if they ever file a case against that said institution. By then justice will be served depending on what people will judge them with. The problem is how to protect the whistleblowers since that person is likely to be in constant danger because that person holds important information that could be vital for the case. This is where the Whistle Blower Protection Act comes in to protect that person. What is it and what does it do?
Defining the Whistle blower Protection Act
The Whistleblower Protection Act, which has been revised all throughout the years and one of them is the Whistleblower Protection Act of 2009, is a federal law that should protect federal whistleblowers who work for the government and their task to tell information about the agency’s or the department’s wrongdoings.
If the whistleblower is threatened or being threatened by the people who are involved in the wrongdoings, they have whistleblower rights which they can take up to the proper authorities By then they can file complaints against the people involved for the violation of law, rule or regulation which should be gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or even something about making a project that could endanger the public’s health or their safety.
Who are authorized to investigate?
There is a special department in the government who upholds the whistleblower protection laws and will investigate in behalf of the whistleblower who exercised their No Fear Act against those who they want to expose to the public of their crimes. There are three authorized federal agencies who will handle these cases.
The first one is the Office of Special Counsel which will investigate the federal whistleblower complaints. The one who made sure that this counsel would be made was President Barack Obama who was at that time a senator. He made a campaign vow to appoint a special counsel that will be only for the whistleblower rights.
Next one would be the Merit Systems Protection Board. This is a quasi – judicial agency that will be the ones who will adjudicate the complaints. They are composed of appointed law judges who have ties with the government and work back their often.
Lastly is the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. They are the only court which has the power to hear appeals of the whistleblower cases which was decided by the merit board. By this time there will be a case filed against the ones who are involved.
Whistleblowers must be protected against the ones who want the case to fail and that is why it is important to have a protection act to help them in times of need.