December 19, 2012 - 12:00pm
The Employment Law Group 888 17th Street, NW, Suite 900 Washington, D.C. 20006 Metro: Farragut North/Farragut West
Event Location: 
The Employment Law Group
888 17th Street, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 331-2883
Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project
Jason Zuckerman, Zuckerman Law
Joseph V. Kaplan, Passman & Kaplan, P.C.
Joe Gebhardt, Managing Partner, Gebhardt & Associates, L.L.P.

On November 27, 2012, President Obama signed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) into law, thereby substantially strengthening whistleblower protections for federal employees. The WPEA overturns legal precedents that narrowed protections for government whistleblowers; provides compensatory damages for prevailing whistleblowers; restores OSC’s ability to seek disciplinary actions against supervisors who retaliate; holds agencies accountable for retaliatory investigations; protects government scientists who challenge censorship; suspends the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ sole jurisdiction on appellate review in WPA cases; establishes explicit whistleblower protections for Transportation Security Administration employees; and makes other enhancements to the WPA. The WPEA has been hailed as long overdue and it provides important and potent tools for the protection of federal employees.