Whistleblower Protection

Employees shall disclose waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption to appropriate authorities.

5 C.F.R. 2635.101(b)(13)

The Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch impose a duty to report waste, fraud, abuse and corruption. Whistleblower disclosures can save lives and taxpayer dollars. Recognizing that whistleblowers help root out waste, fraud, and abuse and protect public health and safety, Congress has enacted multiple laws to encourage employees to disclose wrongdoing, and to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.

Employees of USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, U.S. African Development Foundation, Inter-American Foundation, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and their contractors, subcontractors and grantees can perform an important service by reporting what they reasonably believe to be evidence of wrongdoing, and they should never be subjected to or threatened with reprisal for doing so. Protections and remedies for whistleblowers vary by category:

This Web site focuses on protections under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012. Since USAID and the other agencies the OIG oversees employ many contractors, subcontractors and grantees, this Web site covers the protections for them provided in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.

The following are not covered by this Web site:

  • Homeland Security Presidential Policy Directive 19. See USAID Executive Notice dated July 12, 2013.
  • Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. This applies to intelligence agencies.
  • False Claim Act whistleblower provisions, also known as “qui tam” claims.
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) . This law created some special protections for those working on ARRA matters, but none of the agencies that USAID OIG oversees are currently involved in ARRA implementation.

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