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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AC25
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Title: Procedures for Handling Discrimination Complaints Under Federal Employee Protection Statutes

Abstract: Section 629, the employee protection provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, amended the Energy Reorganization Act of 1978, 42 U.S.C. section 5851. The amendments add Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees to the employees covered under the Act, as are contractors and subcontractors of the Commission. In addition, Congress added a "kick-out" provision allowing the complainant to remove the complaint to District Court if the Secretary of Labor has not issued a final decision within a year of the filing of the complaint. These are significant changes to the ERA, necessitating immediate revision of the regulations, 29 CFR part 24, Procedures for the Handling of Discrimination Complaints under Federal Employee Protection Statutes, which governs whistleblower investigations under the Energy Reorganization Act of 1978 as well as under the six EPA statutes.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Other Significant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage

Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 24 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations)

Legal Authority: 42 USC 300j-9(i); 33 USC 1367; 15 USC 2622; 42 USC 6971; 42 USC 7622; 42 USC 9610; 42 USC 5851; ...

Legal Deadline: None

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule 08/10/2007 72 FR 44956
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End 10/09/2007 72 FR 44956
Final Action 12/00/2007  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: None

Small Entities Affected: No Federalism: No

Energy Effects: No Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

Initial (Administrative Startup and /or Capital) Cost: $0 Yearly (Annual Operating) Cost: $0


Agency Contact: Nilgun Tolek
Director, Office of the Whistleblower Protection Program
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
FP Building N3610, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2531
FAX: 202 693-2369

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