H.R.2196 – To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients

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H.R.2196 – To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients


‘The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) hears claims against federal agencies brought by whistleblowers. Expanding the scope of the protections to include additional supervisors could increase the number of such hearings and any related costs (such as those related to job restoration, back pay, reimbursement of attorneys’ fees, and medical costs). – cbo

Under current law the passing of information may only go to the direct supervisor. This bill increases who can be the recipient of the information to include the Inspector General of an agency, a supervisor in the employee’s direct chain of command up to and including the head of the employing agency, the Director of National Intelligence, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, or to an employee designated by any of the aforementioned individuals for the purpose of receiving such disclosures.

 (Full text of H.R. 2196 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Russell, Steve [R-OK-5] (Introduced 04/27/2017)




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Cost to the taxpayers: based on information from the MSPB and the Office of Special Counsel about the likely number of additional cases under the bill, CBO expects that additional cases dealing with disclosures of classified information would be very limited in number. Thus, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2196 would have no significant cost.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting the legislation could affect direct spending by agencies not funded through annual appropriations; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. CBO estimates that any net increase in spending by those agencies would be negligible. Enacting H.R. 2196 would not affect revenues.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 2196 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2196 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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