Summary: H.R.5920 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House without amendment, Part I (11/29/2016)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Whistleblower Protections for Contractors Act

(Sec. 2) This bill extends federal contractor whistle-blower protections to employees of: (1) personal services contractors working on defense contracts (currently, the protections apply to employees of defense contractors, subcontractors, grantees, or subgrantees); and (2) personal services contractors or subgrantees working on federal civilian contracts (currently, the protections apply to employees of civilian contractors, subcontractors, or grantees). The civilian contractor protections, which are currently in effect as a pilot program, are made permanent.

The bill extends the prohibition against reimbursement of legal fees incurred in defending against reprisal claims brought by whistle-blowers to defense and civilian subcontractors and personal services contractors.