Lawmakers Try To Restore Due Process Rights For Federal Workers, Whistleblowers

Lawmakers try to restore due process rights for federal workers, whistleblowers

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D, D.C. | Paul Sancya/AP

WASHINGTON—Three lawmakers, two Democrats and a Republican, are trying to restore full due process rights for federal workers, especially Defense Department civilian workers, threatened with arbitrary discipline or firing for “national security” reasons. Their move could protect whistleblowers.
The legislation, by Reps. Rob Wittman, R-Va., Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and Andre Carson, D-Ind., would overturn a 2013 federal court ruling that strips those threatened workers of any appeals.
At least 200,000 DOD civilian workers would be helped, says American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) President J. David Cox, whose union – …

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