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The information on this page applies to you if (1) you are a current or former ED employee, or (2) you applied for a job with ED, and (3) you believe an agency official acted against you by taking, failing to take, or threatening to take or not to take a personnel action because you disclosed wrongdoing.

The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 and the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 prohibit Federal agency officials from taking or threatening to take a personnel action (e.g., poor performance review, demotion, suspension, reassignment) against employees or job applicants who disclose information they reasonably believe is evidence of:

  • A violation of any law, rule, or regulation
  • Gross mismanagement
  • A gross waste of funds
  • An abuse of authority, or
  • A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety

In addition, the law prohibits retaliation for filing an appeal, complaint, or grievance; helping someone else file or testifying on their behalf; or cooperating with or disclosing information to the OIG.  

If an adverse personnel action has been taken or threatened against you because you made a disclosure of wrongdoing within your component, to the OIG, or elsewhere, you may submit a whistleblower complaint to the OIG Hotline or to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC).

If you submit your complaint to the OIG Hotline, the OIG will review it and notify you whether we or whether the OSC or another agency should process the complaint. Click on the button below to file your complaint now.


Last Modified: 06/16/2021