Last month President Obama issued a landmark Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-19), which will finally provide members of the national security and intelligence community with protection against retaliation when they blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse.
The Directive will protect employees of the intelligence community by prohibiting retaliatory actions affecting employees’ security clearances and access to classified information. It will also require intelligence agencies to create within 270 days a review process for retaliation claims consistent with the policies and procedures in the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA), and to establish an appealable review process for classified information conducted by Inspector General. Additionally, this PPD establishes remedies such as reinstatement, attorney’s fees, back pay and related benefits, travel expenses, and compensatory damages.
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