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='''Defense Contractor Whistleblower Protection Act'''=
='''Defense Contractor Whistleblower Protection Act'''=
In an article titled “[https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/fedbiz_daily/2014/07/new-law-drove-whistleblower-complaints-against.html New law drove whistleblower complaints against DOD contractors up],” Jill Aitoro reports that the [https://www.zuckermanlaw.com/ndaa-provides-robust-whistleblower-protection/ NDAA whistleblower protection provisions], which became effective one year ago, have generated a substantial increase in whistleblower complaints to the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General.  According to the article, “the rate of complaints from Defense Department whistleblowers increased from about four to six a month as of August 2013 to more than 200 since Jan. 1.”  In addition, the article reports that whistleblower disclosures about DOD contractor fraud have resulted in several substantial recoveries for the government.
Sections [https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/2409 827] and [https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/41/4712 828] of the NDAA provide robust whistleblower protection to employees of most government contractors and grantees.  Under the [https://www.zuckermanlaw.com/legal-services/contractor-fraud-whistleblower-protection/ NDAA whistleblower protection provisions], protected conduct includes the disclosure of information that the employee reasonably believes is evidence of:
*gross mismanagement of a Federal contract or grant;
*a gross waste of Federal funds;
*an abuse of authority  relating to a Federal contract or grant; or
*a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or a violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a Federal contract.
To be protected, the disclosure must be made to a Member of Congress or Congressional committee, an IG, the GAO, a federal employee responsible for contract or grant oversight or management at the relevant agency, an authorized official of DOJ or other law enforcement agency, a court or grand jury or a management official or other employee of the contractor or subcontractor who has the responsibility to investigate, discover, or address misconduct.