DOL whistleblower committee re-established
Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced May 13 the Department of Labor's (DOL's) Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) will be re-established. WPAC advises and makes recommendations to the secretary of labor and the assistant secretary for occupational safety and health about how to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) whistleblower protection activities.
By re-establishing WPAC, the committee will be able to provide advice for improving investigative and enforcement processes, training of OSHA investigators, improving the regulations governing OSHA investigations and cooperative activities with federal agencies responsible for areas covered by OSHA-enforced whistleblower protection statuses. The committee will help OSHA obtain advice from whistleblowers and worker advocates, employers and employer representatives, attorneys, investigation and administrative law experts, and academic researchers. The committee charter will remain in effect for two years.