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ARRA Whistleblower Protection

ARRA Whistleblower Protection

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contains whistleblower provisions that apply to non-federal employers who receive funds under the ARRA. These provisions prohibit employers from discharging, demoting, or discriminating against an employee for disclosing to a covered entity:

(1) Gross mismanagement of an agency contract or grant relating to covered funds;

(2) A gross waste of covered funds;

(3) A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety related to the implementation or use of covered funds;

(4) An abuse of authority related to the implementation or use of covered funds; or

(5) A violation of law, rule, or regulation related to an agency contract (including the competition for or negotiation of a contract) or grant, awarded or issued relating to covered funds.

Any employer receiving recovery funds MUST POST NOTICE OF THE RIGHTS AND REMEDIES outlined under Section 1553, Protecting State and Local Government and Contract Whistleblowers, of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).    A full description of your rights and remedies provided under the Act can be found here.

If one choses to file a report with the Office of Inspector General or with the US Office of Special Council, additional information in the evaluation of disclosures can be found here

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