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Whistleblowers Benefit from Wider Choice of Appeals, Report Says

April 25, 2018

Allowing federal employees who lose whistleblower retaliation cases at the MSPB a choice of federal courts for their appeals has worked to the employees’ advantage and should be continued, a Senate committee report argues.

The report provides the justification for full Senate approval of HR-2229, which already has passed the House and recently cleared the Senate committee level. It would reinstate and make permanent a pilot program ordered in late 2012, but which expired last November, allowing employees to appeal to their regional federal appeals court rather than only to the Washington, D.C.-based Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

With exclusive jurisdiction over those cases, that court had issued a string of decisions restrictive of whistleblower rights that were overturned by the same 2012 law creating the pilot program of “all-circuit review.”

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