[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 63 (Friday, April 1, 2016)][Notices][Pages 18892-18893]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-07427]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket Number: OSHA-2016-0006]
Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee
AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), DOL.
ACTION: Request for nominations to serve on the Whistleblower
Protection Advisory Committee.
SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and
Health requests nominations for membership on the Whistleblower
Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC).
DATES: Nominations for WPAC must be submitted (postmarked, sent,
transmitted, or received) by May 31, 2016.
ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations for WPAC, identified by the OSHA
Docket No. OSHA-2016-0006, by any of the following methods:
Electronically: Nominations, including attachments, may be
submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the
Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for making
Facsimile: If your nomination and supporting materials, including
attachments, do not exceed 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA
Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.
Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger or courier service:
Submit your nominations and supporting materials to the OSHA Docket
Office, Docket No. OSHA-2016-0006, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-
2625, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone
(202) 693-2350 (OSHA's TTY number is (877) 889-5627). Deliveries (hand,
express mail, messenger and courier service) are accepted during the
Department of Labor's and Docket Office's normal business hours, 8:15
a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t.
Instructions: All nominations and supporting materials for WPAC
must include the Agency name and docket number for this Federal
Register notice (Docket No. OSHA-2016-0006). Because of security-
related procedures, submitting nominations by regular mail may result
in a significant delay in their receipt. Please contact the OSHA Docket
Office for information about security procedures for submitting
nominations by hand delivery, express delivery, and messenger or
courier service. For additional information on submitting nominations
see the "Public Participation--Submission of Nominations and Access to
Docket" heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.
Submissions in response to this Federal Register notice, including
personal information provided, are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov.
Therefore, OSHA cautions interested parties about submitting
personal information such as social security numbers and
dates of birth.
Docket: To read or download submissions or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
the address above. All documents in the docket are listed in the
http://www.regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g.,
copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download
through that Web site. All submissions, including copyrighted material,
are available for inspection at the OSHA Docket Office.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony Rosa, OSHA, Directorate of
Whistleblower Protection Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-
4618, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone
(202) 693-2199; email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health invites interested individuals to submit
nominations for membership on WPAC.
Background. The WPAC advises the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary)
and the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
(the Assistant Secretary) on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency,
and transparency of OSHA's whistleblower investigations. WPAC is a
continuing advisory body and operates in compliance with the Federal
Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and its implementing
regulations (see "Authority and Signature" section).
WPAC membership. WPAC is comprised of 12 members, whom the
Secretary appoints to staggered terms, not to exceed 2 years. OSHA is
seeking to fill six positions on WPAC that will become vacant on
December 1, 2016. The composition of WPAC and categories of new members
to be appointed to new two-year terms are as follows:
Two management representatives who are or represent
employers or employer associations in industries covered by one or more
of the whistleblower laws enforced by OSHA;
Two labor representatives who are or represent workers or
worker advocacy organizations in industries covered by one or more of
the whistleblower laws enforced by OSHA; and
Two public representatives from a college, university,
non-partisan think tank, or other entity who have extensive knowledge
and expertise on whistleblower statutes and issues.
If a vacancy occurs before a term expires, the Secretary may
appoint a new member who represents the same interest as the
predecessor to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. The
committee meets at least two times a year.
Nomination requirements. Any individual or organization may
nominate one or more qualified persons for membership. If an individual
or organization nominates more than one person, each person must be
named. Submissions of nominations must include the following
information for each nominee:
1. The nominee's name, contact information and current occupation
or position (required);
2. The nominee's resume or curriculum vitae, including prior
membership on WPAC and other relevant organizations, associations and
3. Category of membership (management, labor, state plan, or
academic/extensive whistleblower knowledge) the nominee is qualified to
4. A summary of the nominee's background, experience and
qualifications that address the nominee's suitability to serve on WPAC
5. Articles or other documents the nominee has authored that
indicate the nominee's knowledge, experience and expertise in
whistleblower protections (optional); and
6. A statement that the nominee is aware of the nomination, is
willing to regularly attend and participate in WPAC meetings, and has
no apparent conflicts of interest that would preclude membership on
Nominations that do not contain all required information will not
Membership selection. WPAC members will be selected on the basis of
their experience, knowledge, and competence in the field of
whistleblower protection. The information received through this
nomination process, in addition to other relevant sources of
information, will assist the Secretary in appointing members to serve
on WPAC. In selecting WPAC members, the Secretary will consider
individuals nominated in response to this Federal Register notice, as
well as other qualified individuals. The Department encourages the
nomination of individuals with diverse viewpoints, perspectives and
experiences to the WPAC, including individuals with disabilities and
individuals of all races, genders, ages, and sexual orientations.
Before candidates are appointed, the U.S. Department of Labor
(Department) conducts a basic background check using publically
available, Internet-based sources.
Instructions for submitting nominations. Interested individuals may
submit nominations and supplemental materials using one of the methods
listed in the ADDRESSES section. All nominations, attachments and other
materials must identify the docket number for this Federal Register
notice (Docket No. OSHA-2016-0006). To submit nominations through
http://www.regulations.gov, search for the docket (OSHA-2016-0006),
open the docket, click on the button that states "Comment Now", and
follow the instructions. You may supplement electronic nominations by
uploading document files electronically. If, instead, you wish to
submit additional materials in reference to an electronic or FAX
submission, you must submit them to the OSHA Docket Office (see
ADDRESSES section). The additional material must clearly identify your
electronic or FAX submission by name and docket number (Docket No.
OSHA-2016-0006) so that the materials can be attached to your
Because of security-related procedures, the use of regular mail may
cause a significant delay in the receipt of nominations. For
information about security procedures concerning the delivery of
materials by hand, express delivery, messenger or courier service,
please contact the OSHA Docket Office (see ADDRESSES section).
All submissions in response to this Federal Register notice are
posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA
cautions interested parties about submitting personal information, such
as Social Security numbers and birthdates. Guidance on submitting
nominations and materials in response to this Federal Register notice
is available at http://www.regulations.gov and from the OSHA Docket
Access to docket and other materials. To read or download
nominations and additional materials submitted in response to this
Federal Register notice, go to Docket No. OSHA-2016-0006, at:
http://www.regulations.gov. All submissions are listed in the index of that
docket. However, some documents (e.g., copyrighted material) are not
publicly available to read or download through that Web page. All
submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for
inspection at the OSHA Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket Office
for information about materials not available through http://www.regulations.gov
and for assistance in using the internet to locate submissions.
Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice are available at:
http://www.regulations.gov. This document, as well as news releases and
other relevant information, also is available at the Directorate of
Whistleblower Protection Program's Web page at http://www.whistleblowers.gov.
Authority and Signature
David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health, authorized the preparation of this
notice under the authority granted by 5 U.S.C. App. 2, 41 CFR part 102-
3, chapter 1600 of Department of Labor Management Series 3 (Aug. 15,
2013), 77 FR 3912 (Jan. 25, 2012), and the Secretary of Labor's
authority to administer the whistleblower provisions found in 29 U.S.C.
660(c), 49 U.S.C. 31105, 15 U.S.C. 2651, 46 U.S.C. 80507, 42 U.S.C.
300j-9(i), 33 U.S.C. 1367, 15 U.S.C. 2622, 42 U.S.C. 6971, 42 U.S.C.
7622, 42 U.S.C. 9610, 42 U.S.C. 5851, 49 U.S.C. 42121, 18 U.S.C. 1514A,
49 U.S.C. 60129, 49 U.S.C. 20109, 6 U.S.C. 1142, 15 U.S.C. 2087, 29
U.S.C. 218c, 12 U.S.C. 5567, 46 U.S.C. 2114, 21 U.S.C. 399d, and 49
Signed at Washington, DC, on March 29, 2016.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2016-07427 Filed 3-31-16; 8:45 am]
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