Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 108 Part 5.djvu/871

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Oct. 29, 1994 [H.R. 2970] PUBLIC LAW 103-424 —OCT. 29, 1994 108 STAT. 4361 Public Law 103-424 103d Congress An Act To reauthorize the OflEice of Special Counsel, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1, AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD.— Section 8(a)(1) of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (5 U.S.C. 5509 note; Public Law 101-12; 103 Stat. 34) is amended by striking out "1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994" and inserting in lieu thereof "1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997". (b) OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL.—Section 8(a)(2) of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (5 U.S.C. 5509 note; Public Law 101-12; 103 Stat. 34) is amended by striking out "1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992" and inserting in lieu thereof "1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997". SEC. 2. REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES IN CERTAIN CASES. Section 1204 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection: "(m)(l) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Board, or an administrative law judge or other employee of the Board designated to hear a case arising under section 1215, may require payment by the agency involved of reasonable attorney fees incurred by an employee or applicant for employment if the employee or applicant is the prevailing party and the Board, administrative law judge, or other employee (as the case may be) determines that payment by the agency is warranted in the interest of justice, including any case in which a prohibited personnel practice was engaged in by the agency or any case in which the agency's action was clearly without merit. "(2) If an employee or applicant for employment is the prevailing party of a case arising under section 1215 and the decision is based on a finding of discrimination prohibited under section 2302(b)(1) of this title, the payment of attorney fees shall be in accordance with the standards prescribed under section 706(k) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e-5(k)).". SEC. 3. OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL. (a) SUCCESSION. —Section 1211(b) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the first sentence: "The Special Counsel may continue to serve beyond the expiration of the term until a successor is appointed and has qualified, except that the Special Counsel may not continue to serve for more than one year after