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Whistleblower Ombudsman

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act strengthens protection for federal employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse in government operations.
The Act directs Inspectors General to designate a Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman’s role is to educate agency employees about prohibitions on retaliation for protected disclosures and educate agency employees who have made or are contemplating making a protected disclosure about the rights and remedies against retaliation for protected disclosures. The Ombudsman is prohibited from acting as an employee’s or former employee’s legal representative, agent, or advocate.

Additional resources related to Whistleblower protection:

  • Office of Special Counsel – The Office of Special Counsel is an independent agency enforcing whistleblower protections, safeguarding the merit system and providing a secure channel for whistleblower disclosures. Information on filing a complaint and other resources may be found at www.osc.gov
  • U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board - Questions and Answers about Whistleblower Appeals: https://www.mspb.gov/appeals/whistleblower.htm

Individuals who believe they have been improperly retaliated against may contact the Office of Inspector General’s designated Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman at OIGombudsman@usitcoig.gov or the OIG hotline using any of the following:

Call
(202) 205-6542

Fax
(202) 205-1859

In Person/Write
United States International Trade Commission
Office of Inspector General
500 E St SW, Suite 230
Washington, DC 20436

Online
OIGHotline@usitcoig.gov