Since the enactment of the Inspector General Act in 1978, Inspector Generals have relied on the information provided by whistleblowers to combat waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in their respective agencies. Federal laws outline the duty of Federal employees to disclose wrongdoing, and the ability to do so without fear of retaliation. This page, and the linked information accessible from this page, provides educational materials for DOL employees, DOL applicants, and employees of DOL contractors, subcontractors, and grantees about whistleblower protections and avenues for raising concerns.
The Whistleblower Protection Coordinator (WBP Coordinator), designated by the Inspector General, is responsible for educating agency employees about prohibitions on retaliation for protected disclosures, and employees’ rights and remedies against retaliation for protected disclosures. The law does not permit the WBP Coordinator to act as a legal representative, agent, or advocate for DOL employees, contractors and grantees. To contact the Whistleblower Protection Coordinator, send an email to: OIGWhistleblower@oig.dol.gov
Whistleblower retaliation is an adverse action in response to a protected disclosure of information. Retaliation includes almost any personnel action, failure to take a personnel action, or the threat to take or fail to take a personnel action, which adversely affects the whistleblower.
In order for your disclosure to be protected, you must have a reasonable, good faith belief that the allegations you are disclosing are truthful. There are five types of protected disclosures:
DOL employees or applicants for employment may file whistleblower retaliation complaints with the OIG Hotline or the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), both of which have the authority to investigate complaints. If you submit a complaint to the OIG Hotline, the OIG will review it and notify you whether we or whether the OSC should process the complaint.
Employees of DOL Contractors, Subcontractors and Grantees
If you are an employee of a DOL contractor, subcontractor, or grantee, and you believe you have been retaliated against for whistleblowing related to DOL funds or to you may file a whistleblower retaliation complaint with the OIG Hotline.
The OIG WBP Coordinator’s presentation, Whistleblower Rights and Protections for DOL Employees answers more questions.
OSC’s webpage on Disclosure of Wrongdoing
Posters regarding Employee’s Rights: