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Occupational Safety and Health Administration


RIN: 1218-AC25

Publication ID: Fall 2010

Title: Procedures for Handling Discrimination Complaints Under Federal Employee Protection Statutes

Abstract: Section 629, the employee protection provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, amended the Energy Reorganization Act of 1978 (ERA), 42 U.S.C. section 5851. The amendments add Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees to the employees covered under the Act, as are contractors and subcontractors of the Commission. In addition, Congress added a "kick-out" provision allowing the complainant to remove the complaint to District Court if the Secretary of Labor has not issued a final decision within a year of the filing of the complaint. These are significant changes to the ERA, necessitating immediate revision of the regulations, 29 CFR part 24, Procedures for the Handling of Discrimination Complaints under Federal Employee Protection Statutes, which governs whistleblower investigations under the Energy Reorganization Act of 1978 as well as under six EPA statutes.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)

Priority: Other Significant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda

Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage

Major: No

Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 24 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)

Legal Authority: 15 USC 2622; 33 USC 1367; 42 USC 300j-9(i); 42 USC 5851; 42 USC 6971; 42 USC 7622; 42 USC 9610

Legal Deadline: None




FR Cite

Interim Final Rule


72 FR 44956

Interim Final Rule Comment Period End



Final Action



Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Small Entities Affected: No

Federalism: No

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

RIN Data Printed in the FR: No

Agency Contact:
Nilgun Tolek
Director, Office of the Whistleblower Protection Program
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3610,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2531
Fax:202 693-2369