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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

Short Titles as Reported to Senate

Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced

Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

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Official Titles - Senate

Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal employees, increased awareness of Federal whistleblower protections, and increased accountability and required discipline for Federal supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (7)

Date
10/26/2017 Became Public Law No: 115-73.
10/26/2017 Signed by President.
10/24/2017 Presented to President.
10/12/2017 Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 420 - 0 (Roll no. 568).(text: CR H7989)
05/25/2017 Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with amendments by Unanimous Consent.
05/04/2017 Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson with amendments. With written report No. 115-44.
03/08/2017 Introduced in Senate

All Actions (29)

Date Chamber
10/26/2017 Became Public Law No: 115-73.
10/26/2017 Signed by President.
10/24/2017 Senate Presented to President.
10/12/2017-3:39pm House Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10/12/2017-3:39pm House On passage Passed by recorded vote: 420 - 0 (Roll no. 568). (text: CR H7989)
10/12/2017-3:32pm House On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 190 - 232 (Roll no. 567).
10/12/2017-3:24pm House Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H8010-8012)
10/12/2017-1:48pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the O'Halleran motion to recommit, the Chair put the question on the motion, and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. O'Halleran demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to recommit until a time to be announced.
10/12/2017-1:47pm House The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
10/12/2017-1:42pm House DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O'Halleran motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House forthwith with an amendment to add a new section at the end of title I related to Disclosure of Violations Relating to Air Transportation.
10/12/2017-1:42pm House Mr. O'Halleran moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. (text: CR H8003)
10/12/2017-1:41pm House The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
10/12/2017-1:16pm House DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 585.
10/12/2017-1:15pm House Rule provides for consideration of S. 585 with 1 hour of general debate. Bill is closed to amendments. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from October 16, 2017, through October 20, 2017; and provides for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.
10/12/2017-1:15pm House Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 562. (consideration: CR H7998-8004)
10/11/2017-1:51pm House Rule H. Res. 562 passed House.
10/10/2017-6:44pm House Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 562 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of S. 585 with 1 hour of general debate. Bill is closed to amendments. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period from October 16, 2017, through October 20, 2017; and provides for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.
05/26/2017 House Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
05/26/2017 House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Discharged.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
05/26/2017 House Referred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
05/26/2017 House Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
05/26/2017 House Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
05/26/2017-10:02am House Received in the House.
05/25/2017 Senate Message on Senate action sent to the House.
05/25/2017 Senate Passed Senate with amendments by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S3190; text as passed Senate: CR S3192-3194)
05/04/2017 Senate Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 57.
05/04/2017 Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson with amendments. With written report No. 115-44.
Action By: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
03/15/2017 Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably.
Action By: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
03/08/2017 Senate Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Cosponsors (1)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA]* 03/08/2017

Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs03/08/2017 Referred to
03/15/2017 Markup by
05/04/2017 Reported by S. Rept. 115-44
House Oversight and Government Reform05/26/2017 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs05/26/2017 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations05/26/2017 Referred to
05/26/2017 Discharged from
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity05/26/2017 Referred to

Related Bills (2)

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Subjects (17)

  • Administrative remedies
  • Congressional oversight
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Employee performance
  • Employment discrimination and employee rights
  • Fraud offenses and financial crimes
  • Government employee pay, benefits, personnel management
  • Government information and archives
  • Government studies and investigations
  • Health information and medical records
  • Intelligence activities, surveillance, classified information
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Mental health
  • Merit Systems Protection Board
  • Office of Special Counsel
  • Veterans' medical care

Latest Summary (3)

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Passed Senate amended (05/25/2017)

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on May 4, 2017 . The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

TITLE I--EMPLOYEES GENERALLY

(Sec. 102) This bill directs federal agencies (excluding any entity that is an element of the intelligence community) to give priority to an employee transfer request if the Merit Systems Protections Board (MSPB) grants a stay of a personnel action at the request of: (1) the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) if the OSC determines the personnel action was taken, or is to be taken, as a result of a prohibited personnel practice; or (2) the employee if the individual is in probationary status and seeks corrective action.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) shall report to Congress on retaliation against employees in probationary status.

(Sec. 103) The bill: (1) prohibits any employee who has the authority to take a personnel action to access the medical records of another employee or applicant for employment, (2) authorizes disciplinary action against supervisors for retaliation against whistleblowers.

(Sec. 105) Agencies must: (1) refer information about employee suicides to the OSC, (2) train supervisors on responding to complaints alleging whistleblower protections violations, (3) provide information regarding whistleblower protections to new employees during probationary periods, (4) inform employees of the role of the OSC and the MSPB with regard to whistleblower protection, and (5) make information about such protections available on agency websites.

TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS EMPLOYEES

(Sec. 201) The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must: (1) submit a plan to prevent unauthorized access to the medical records of VA employees; (2) conduct an outreach program to inform its employees of available mental health services, including telemedicine options; and (3) ensure protocols are in effect to address threats against VA employees providing health care.

(Sec. 204) The GAO shall assess the reporting, staffing, accountability, and chain of command structure of the VA police officers at VA medical centers.