A Closer Look at Presidential Policy Directive 19
Publication Name: Law 360
Publication Date: 12-Aug-2013
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Primary TELG Authors: R. Scott Oswald
Law360, New York (August 12, 2013, 1:24 PM ET) — On Oct. 10, 2012, President Obama issued Presidential Policy Directive 19 (PPD-19), entitled “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information.” PPD-19 helps close the most significant gaps left after Congress’ passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), Pub. L. No. 112-155, which President Obama signed into law on Nov. 27, 2012.
PPD-19 creates whistleblower protections for two traditionally vulnerable groups of federal workers: those within the intelligence community and those with access to classified information. Under PPD-19, intelligence workers are protected from various forms of retaliation including demotions, reassignments and termination. However, workers do not have a private cause of action to enforce their rights. Instead, they must need to rely on nonbinding recommendations from an external review panel.
“A Closer Look at Presidential Policy Directive 19,” Law360 (August 12, 2013)