Yesterday the Senate voted unanimously to pass S. 743, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2011. This is a landmark bill that will expand the scope of whistleblower protections in the federal government, including providing whistleblower rights to employees of the Transportation Security Administration.
The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act was introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) on April 6, 2011. Joining Senator Akaka are co-sponsors, Mark Begich (D-AK), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Jon Tester (D-MT). The ALA thanks each of these senators and their staff for the efforts in ensuring the passage of this bill!
With the passage of this bill we can turn our attention to the House where the companion bill, H.R. 3289, was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on November 1, 2011 and co-sponsored by Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Todd Platts (R-PA), Steve Pearce (R-NM), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). This bill was passed unanimously by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on November 3, 2011 and has since not moved forward.
Assistant Director, American Library Association