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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:25 PM

DoD subcontractor whistleblowers now protected

June 27, 2013
By Ryan McDermott

Starting July 1, Defense Department subcontractors will be covered under a protection provision that became law through the fiscal 2013 national defense authorization act.

Unil then, DoD subcontractors are not covered under whistleblower protections and if a case of whistleblower retribution by a subcontractor is brought to the DoD inspector general for administrative investigations, it would not be investigated.

Also, whistleblowers, whether employees of contractors or subcontractors, who make internal complaints within their company will gain retribution protection starting July 1. Until then, only employees who blow the whitle to external organizations, such as the DoD OIG, have protection.

The law comes from section 827 of the act (.pdf) will only be applicable to contracts made on or after July 1 or task orders on existing contracts that are made after July 1 ...


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