If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve probably heard, “Fire the leakers” once or twice.
Listen up, folks: sometimes a “leaker” is an employee who engages in misconduct, and other times a “leaker” is a “whistleblower.” So when you hear that someone is firing “leakers,” keep in mind that there are good leakers and there are bad leakers, according to the law. Good leakers are whistleblowers who cannot be disciplined; bad leakers are civil servants who disclose information prohibited from disclosure by law and who can be fired. Do you know the difference? If not, you’d better learn quickly – and that’s what FELTG is here for.
Congress has provided whistleblowers with the highest level of protection from reprisal for disclosures of waste, fraud or abuse in the government. Join FELTG President William Wiley in September for a 90-minute webinar on this topic. After providing the statutory basis and explaining the civil service protections of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, he will discuss:
- The categories of protected disclosures
- How to handle disclosures that turn out to be false
- The appropriate avenues of protected disclosure
- What constitutes whistleblower reprisal – and how to avoid it
- How to know when you can discipline a leaker
- Evidence needed to discipline a whistleblower for misconduct unrelated to whistleblowing