OSC Presentation on PPPs and the WPA
There are twelve prohibited personnel practices, including reprisal for whistleblowing, which are defined by law at § 2302(b) of title 5 of the United States Code (U.S.C.). A personnel action" (defined in 5 U.S.C. § 2302(a)(2(A) to include appointments, promotions, reassignments, disciplinary actions, and other personnel matters) may need to be involved for a prohibited personnel practice to occur. Generally stated, § 2302(b) provides that a federal employee who has authority over personnel decisions may not:
A whistleblower is someone who discloses information he or she reasonably believes evidences:
Whistleblower retaliation is when a Federal employee who is authorized to take, direct others to take, recommend or approve any personnel action takes, fails to take, or threatens to take any personnel action against an employee because of protected whistleblowing.
Protected whistleblowing is defined as disclosing information which the discloser reasonably believes evidences: