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Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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A bill to provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal employees, increased awareness of Federal whistleblower protections, and increased accountability and required discipline for Federal supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (7)

Date Actions Overview
10/26/2017Became Public Law No: 115-73. (TXT | PDF)
10/26/2017Signed by President.
10/24/2017Presented to President.
10/12/2017Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 420 - 0 (Roll no. 568).(text: CR H7989)
05/25/2017Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with amendments by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S3190; text as passed Senate: CR S3192-3194)
05/04/2017Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson with amendments. With written report No. 115-44.
03/08/2017Introduced in Senate

All Actions (29)

Date Chamber All Actions
10/26/2017Became Public Law No: 115-73. (TXT | PDF)
10/26/2017Signed by President.
10/24/2017SenatePresented to President.
10/12/2017-3:39pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10/12/2017-3:39pmHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 420 - 0 (Roll no. 568). (text: CR H7989)
10/12/2017-3:32pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 190 - 232 (Roll no. 567).
10/12/2017-3:24pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H8010-8012)
10/12/2017-1:48pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the O'Halleran motion to recommit, the Chair put the question on the motion, and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. O'Halleran demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to recommit until a time to be announced.
10/12/2017-1:47pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
10/12/2017-1:42pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O'Halleran motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House forthwith with an amendment to add a new section at the end of title I related to Disclosure of Violations Relating to Air Transportation.
10/12/2017-1:42pmHouseMr. O'Halleran moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. (text: CR H8003)
10/12/2017-1:41pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
10/12/2017-1:16pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 585.
10/12/2017-1:15pmHouseRule provides for consideration of S. 585 with 1 hour of general debate. Bill is closed to amendments. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from October 16, 2017, through October 20, 2017; and provides for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.
10/12/2017-1:15pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 562. (consideration: CR H7998-8004)
10/11/2017-1:51pmHouseRule H. Res. 562 passed House.
10/10/2017-6:44pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 562 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of S. 585 with 1 hour of general debate. Bill is closed to amendments. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from October 16, 2017, through October 20, 2017; and provides for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.
05/26/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
05/26/2017HouseSubcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Discharged.
05/26/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
05/26/2017HouseReferred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
05/26/2017HouseReferred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
05/26/2017-10:02amHouseReceived in the House.
05/25/2017SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
05/25/2017SenatePassed Senate with amendments by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S3190; text as passed Senate: CR S3192-3194)
05/04/2017SenatePlaced on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 57.
05/04/2017SenateCommittee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson with amendments. With written report No. 115-44.
03/15/2017SenateCommittee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably.
03/08/2017SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Cosponsors (1)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA]* 03/08/2017

Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs03/08/2017 Referred to
03/15/2017 Markup by
05/04/2017 Reported by S. Rept. 115-44
House Oversight and Government Reform05/26/2017 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs05/26/2017 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations05/26/2017 Referred to
05/26/2017 Discharged from
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity05/26/2017 Referred to

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Latest Summary (4)

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Public Law No: 115-73 (10/26/2017)

Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

TITLE I--EMPLOYEES GENERALLY

(Sec. 102) This bill directs federal agencies (excluding any entity that is an element of the intelligence community) to give priority to an employee transfer request if the Merit Systems Protections Board (MSPB) grants a stay of a personnel action at the request of: (1) the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) if the OSC determines the personnel action was taken, or is to be taken, as a result of a prohibited personnel practice; or (2) the employee if the individual is in probationary status and seeks corrective action.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) shall report to Congress on retaliation against employees in probationary status.

(Sec. 103) The bill prohibits any employee who has the authority to take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve of any personnel action to access the medical records of another employee or applicant for employment.

(Sec. 104) Agencies employing a supervisor who has committed a prohibited personnel action may propose: (1) a suspension of not less than three days, (2) a reduction in grade or pay, and (3) removal from the position. A supervisor must receive written notice specifying the reasons for the proposed action and the right of the supervisor to review the material which is relied on to support the reasons for the proposed action. A supervisor is entitled to 14 days following the notice to answer and furnish evidence in support of the answer.

(Sec. 105) Agencies must refer information about employee suicides to the OSC indicating whether, prior to the death of the employee, any disclosure of information was made evidencing: (1) a violation of any law, rule, or regulation; (2) gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial danger to public health or safety; or (3) whether any personnel action was taken against the employee as a result.

(Sec. 106) Agencies must provide training on how to respond to complaints alleging a violation of whistle-blower protections to: (1) any employee appointed to a supervisory position in the agency who has not previously served as a supervisor; and (2) on an annual basis, to all employees serving in a supervisory position.

(Sec. 107) Agencies must: (1) provide information regarding whistle-blower protections to new employees during probationary periods, (2) inform employees of the role of the OSC and the MSPB with regard to whistle-blower protection, and (3) make information about such protections available on agency websites.

TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS EMPLOYEES

(Sec. 201) The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must submit a plan to Congress on efforts to prevent any unauthorized access to the medical records of VA employees.

(Sec. 202) The VA must conduct an outreach program to inform its employees of any mental health services, including telemedicine options.

(Sec. 203) The VA must ensure protocols are in effect to address threats against VA employees providing health care.

(Sec. 204) The GAO shall conduct a study to assess the reporting, staffing, accountability, and chain of command structure of the VA police officers at VA medical centers.