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    Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) Charter Renewal
[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 79 (Monday, April 25, 2016)][Notices][Page 24132]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-09490]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2016-0006]

Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) Charter 

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Announcement of WPAC charter renewal.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (FACA), and after consultation with the General Services 
Administration, the Secretary of Labor is renewing the charter for the 
Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC or the Committee). 
The Committee will better enable OSHA to perform its duties under the 
Occupational Safety and Health Act (the OSH Act) of 1970, and help to 
improve the fairness, efficiency, and transparency of OSHA's 
whistleblower investigations.

Whistleblower Protection Programs, Room N-4618, U.S. Department of 
Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone 
(202) 693-2199; email osha.dwpp@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: WPAC operates in accordance with the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), its 
implementing regulations (41 CFR part 102-3), and OSHA's regulations on 
advisory committees (29 CFR part 1912). Pursuant to Section 14 of FACA, 
WPAC's charter must be renewed every two years.
    WPAC's duties are solely advisory and consultative. WPAC advises, 
consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretary and the 
Assistant Secretary on matters relating to whistleblower complaints 
filed under the whistleblower statutes that the Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration (OSHA) enforces. The Committee is diverse and 
balanced, both in terms of categories of stakeholders (e.g., subject 
matter experts, labor, management, and state plans), and in the views 
and interests represented by the members.
    Authority to establish this Committee is at Section 11(c) of the 
OSH Act, 29 U.S.C. 660(c); the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, 
49 U.S.C. 31105; the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, 15 U.S.C. 
2651; the International Safe Container Act, 46 U.S.C. 80507; the Safe 
Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. 300j-9(i); the Federal Water Pollution 
Control Act, 33 U.S.C. 1367; the Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 
U.S.C. 2622; the Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C. 6971; the Clean 
Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7622; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 9610; the Energy 
Reorganization Act, 42 U.S.C. 5851; the Wendell H. Ford Aviation 
Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, 49 U.S.C. 42121; the 
Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 18 U.S.C. 1514A; the Pipeline Safety Improvement 
Act, 49 U.S.C. 60129; the Federal Railroad Safety Act, 49 U.S.C. 20109; 
the National Transit Systems Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 1142; the Consumer 
Product Safety Improvement Act, 15 U.S.C. 2087; the Affordable Care 
Act, 29 U.S.C. 218C; the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, 12 
U.S.C. 5567; the Seaman's Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. 2114; the FDA Food 
Safety Modernization Act, 21 U.S.C. 399d; and the Moving Ahead for 
Progress in the 21st Century Act, 49 U.S.C. 30171.

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 
U.S.C. 30171.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on April 19, 2016.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2016-09490 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am]