You might have also seen ARRA referred to as Section 1553 of Division A, Title XV of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5.
Who is protected?
Employees of non-federal employers receiving recovery funds--including state and local governments, contractors, subcontractors, grantees, or professional membership organizations acting in the interest of recovery fund recipients--are covered.
How are whistleblowers protected?
You cannot be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against as a punishment for making a protected disclosure.
What types of disclosures are protected?
Any disclosure must be made to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, an inspector general, the comptroller general, a member of Congress, a state or federal regulatory or law enforcement agency, a person with supervisory authority over you, a court or grand jury, or the head of a federal agency or his/her representatives. The disclosure must involve information that you believe is evidence of:
- gross mismanagement of an agency contract or grant relating to recovery funds;
- a gross waste of recovery funds;
- a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety related to the implementation or use of recovery funds;
- an abuse of authority related to the implementation or use of recovery funds; or
- a violation of law, rule, or regulation related to an agency contract or grant awarded or issued relating to recovery funds.