Core Provisions: This legislation would expand protected disclosures to include “any” lawful communication of misconduct, and would expand protections for those paid with federal funds, including contractors. The bill would also give United States district courts jurisdiction for appellate review from the Merit Systems Protection Board, which is currently only within the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
Status: H.R.985 was introduced by Rep. Waxman (D-CA) on February 12, 2007 and passed in the House on March 14, 2007 by a veto-proof tally of 331 to 94. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and is currently in the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia. The White House has indicated that President Bush would veto the bill should it pass in the Senate.