House Passes Whistleblower Protection Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass S. 585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, introduced by Senator Ron Johnson (WI). The legislation, named after Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick, a psychologist at the VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin, who was fired after questioning the over-medication of veterans being treated at the facility, adds protections for whistleblowers who face retaliation by agency managers. Specifically, the bill sets minimum disciplinary standards across all agencies for retaliation, makes retaliating against a VA employee by accessing their medical file a prohibited personnel action, and ensures that federal employees are better trained to understand federal whistleblower protections.
"As we navigate through historic Veterans Administration reforms during this Congress, we must protect those who speak out about waste, fraud, and abuse,” said Congressman Scott Taylor. “Whistleblowers put their careers in jeopardy in order to bring the truth to light for the better of everyone. They deserve our protection.”