Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 108 Part 4.djvu/731

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PUBLIC LAW 103-355—OCT. 13, 1994 108 STAT. 3365 for enforcement of such order in the United States district court for a district in which the reprisal was found to have occurred. In any action brought under this paragraph, the court may grant appropriate relief, including injunctive relief and compensatory and exemplary damages. "(3) Any person adversely affected or aggrieved by an order issued under paragraph (1) may obtain review of the order's conformance with this subsection, and any regulations issued to carry out this section, in the United States court of appeals for a circuit in which the reprisal is alleged in the order to have occurred. No petition seeking such review may be filed more than 60 days after issuance of the order by the head of the agency. Review shall conform to chapter 7 of title 5. "(d) CONSTRUCTION. —Nothing in this section may be construed to authorize the discharge of, demotion of, or discrimination against an employee for a disclosure other than a disclosure protected by subsection (a) or to modify or derogate from a right or remedy otherwise available to the employee. "(e) DEFINITIONS. —In this section: "(1) The term 'agency* means an agency named in section 2303 of this title. "(2) The term 'head of an agency* has the meaning provided by section 2302(1) of this title.". "(3) The term 'contract' means a contract awarded by the head of an agency. "(4) The term 'contractor* means a person awarded a contract with an agency. "(5) The term 'Inspector General' means an Inspector General appointed under the Inspector General Act of 1978.". (b) RELATED LAW.^1) Section 2409a of title 10, United States Code, is repealed. (2) The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 141 of such title is amended by striking out the item relating to section 2409a. SEC. 6006. WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS FOR CONTRACTOR EMP- LOYEES OF CIVILIAN AGENCIES. Title III of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (41 U.S.C. 251 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section: " SEC. 315. CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEES: PROTECTION FROM REPRISAL 41 USC 265. FOR DISCLOSURE OF CERTAIN INFORMATION. "(a) PROHIBITION OF REPRISALS. —An employee of a contractor may not be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for disclosing to a Member of Congress or an authorized official of an executive agency or the Department of Justice information relating to a substantial violation of law related to a contract (including the competition for or negotiation of a contract). "(b) INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS. —A person who believes that the person has been subjected to a reprisal prohibited by subsection (a) may submit a complaint to the Inspector General of the executive agency. Unless the Inspector General determines that the complaint is frivolous, the Inspector General shall investigate the complsdnt and, upon completion of such investigation, submit a report of the findings of the investigation to the person, the contractor concerned, and the head of the agency. In the case of an executive agency that does not have an inspector general.