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Introduced in Senate (06/07/2001)

Amends civil service provisions to prohibit taking or failing to take any personnel action with respect to an employee or applicant because of: (1) any disclosure by the employee or applicant, without restriction as to the time, place, form, motive, context, or prior disclosure, including a disclosure made in the ordinary course of an employee's duties that such employee or applicant reasonably believes is credible evidence of any violation of law, gross mismanagement, abuse of authority, or a danger to public health or safety; (2) a disclosure made to the Special Counsel, the Inspector General of an agency, or another employee designated by that agency to receive such disclosures, without such restriction or disclosure; or (3) a disclosure that is made by the employee or applicant of information required by law or executive order to be kept secret that the employee or applicant reasonably believes is credible evidence of any such violation, or a false statement to Congress on an issue of material fact that is made to a member of the congressional committee having primary oversight of the agency to which the disclosed information relates, to any other Member of Congress authorized to receive information of the type disclosed, or to a Federal or congressional employee who has the appropriate security clearance for access to the information disclosed.

Prohibits the implementation or enforcement of nondisclosure policies, forms, and agreements that do not state that such policies do not supersede, conflict with, or otherwise alter Federal employee obligations, rights, or liabilities.

Permits representation by attorneys for the Office of the Special Counsel in civil actions brought in connection with such disclosures of information or provisions relating to political activities. Allows the Special Counsel to obtain judicial review of any final order or decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board with respect to a case concerning such a disclosure or provision.