Inspector General Act section 7(c).
Any employee who has authority to take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action, shall not, with respect to such authority, take or threaten to take any action against any employee as a reprisal for making a complaint or disclosing information to an Inspector General, unless the complaint was made or the information disclosed with the knowledge that it was false or with willful disregard for its truth or falsity.
5 USC § 2302(b)(8).
A federal employee is protected from retaliation for disclosing a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety to the Inspector General of an agency.
5 USC 2302(b)(13)
Prohibits an agency from enforcing any nondisclosure policy or agreement, if such policy or agreement does not inform the employee that the policy or agreement does not alter the employee’s right to communicate with Congress, or report to an Inspector General a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or any other whistleblower protection. This statute does not authorize the withholding of information from Congress or the taking of any personnel action against an employee who discloses information to Congress.
5 USC 2302 (c)
Requires the head of each agency to inform employees of the rights and remedies available to them regarding disclosures, including how to make a lawful disclosure of information to the Inspector General of an agency, Congress, or other agency employee designated to receive such disclosures
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