New advisory committee to address whistleblower protections
Washington – The Department of Labor recently announced plans to establish a new committee that would advise the secretary of labor on improving whistleblower protections.
The Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee would make recommendations on improvements to customer service models, enhancements to the investigative and enforcement process, training, regulations for OSHA investigations, and cooperation among federal agencies, according to a notice published in the May 17 Federal Register.
OSHA oversees whistleblower enforcement for 21 statutes. This announcement follows several efforts to strengthen the program, including reorganizing the Office of the Whistleblower Protection Program to report directly to OSHA administrator David Michaels.