Whistleblower retaliation is when an agency official strikes back at an employee for exposing something that is believed to be wrong within the workplace. Specifically, federal law prohibits an agency official from taking or failing to take, or threatening to take any personnel action against a federal employee because that employee made a protected whistleblower disclosure.
About the program
It has been a longtime objective of the OIG to encourage TVA employees to step forward and identify potential wrongdoing in their operations. It follows that the OIG values those who do so, and we strive to protect those employees from unlawful reprisals for making their disclosures. A number of laws provide important whistleblower protections, including the Inspector General Act of 1978 and the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 for TVA and other federal employees. Under these laws we are authorized and obligated to protect the confidentiality and rights of these whistleblowers.
Similar whistleblower protection is provided for some of TVA's contractor employees. Contractor employees fall under the protection of different statutes, such as the Energy Reorganization Act, which gives whistleblower protection to contractor employees working on nuclear projects. Enforcement of whistleblower protection for contractor employees is investigated and prosecuted by the Department of Labor.Read More