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DOL Whistleblower Statutes

The following are selected statutes relevant to the whistleblower programs adjudicated by the Office of Administrative Law Judges, United States Department of Labor. OALJ makes no representation that the documents linked here are the most up-to-date versions.

CLEAN AIR ACT

U.S. Code:

42 U.S.C. § 7622

Selected Legislative History:

 H.R. No. 294

COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE,
COMPENSATION AND LIABILITY ACT OF 1980

U.S. Code:

42 U.S.C. § 9610

Selected Legislative History:

 None

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2008

U.S. Code:

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Section 219
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

Selected Legislative History:

 The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, H.R.4040, was enrolled by Congress and presented to the President on August 6, 2008. President Bush signed the bill on August 14, 2008. Section 219 is a whistleblower protection provision.

DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT

U.S. Code:

Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, Section 1057 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, 12 U.S.C. 5567 (2011) PDF | HTM

Selected Legislative History:

 The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed by President Obama on July 21, 2010. Section 1057 of the Act creates a new whistleblower covering individuals who perform tasks related to the offering or provision of a consumer financial product or service.

Note: Sections 922(b) and (c), and 929A of the Dodd Frank Act also amended Section 806, 18 U.S.C. 1514A, of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

ENERGY REORGANIZATION ACT

U.S. Code:

42 U.S.C. § 5851

Selected Legislative History:

Energy Policy Act of 2005
 Summary of whistleblower related provisions

Original Legislation
 S. Rep. No. 95-848
 House Conf. Rep. No. 95-1796
 124 Cong. Rec. part 28 (Senate), at 29,771 (Oct.14, 1978)

1992 Amendments
 H.R. No. 101-474(VIII)
 OALJ Staff Markup Showing Changes Made by the Comprehensive National Energy Policy Act of 1992

FEDERAL RAIL SAFETY ACT

U.S. Code:

P.L. No. 110-053, 1521

Selected Legislative History:

 Section 419 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008,PL 110-432 (Oct. 16, 2008) (revises 49 U.S.C. 20109)
 H.R. Rep. 110-259 (July 25, 2007) (Conf. Rep.)

FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT

U.S. Code:

33 U.S.C. § 1367

Selected Legislative History:

 S. Rep. No. 92-414
 S. Conf. Rep. No. 92-1236

FDA FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT

U.S. Code:

Section 402 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, 21 U.S.C. 399d (2011) PDF | HTM

U.S. Code:

Section 402 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, P.L. 111-353; 124 Stat. 3885 (Jan. 4, 2011)

Selected Legislative History:

NATIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEMS SECURITY ACT OF 2007

U.S. Code:

P.L. No. 110-053, 1413

Selected Legislative History:

 H.R. Rep. 110-259 (July 25, 2007) (Conf. Rep.)

PIPELINE SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2002

U.S. Code:

P.L. 107-355, 116 Stat. 2985, § 60129 codified at 49 U.S.C. 60129

Selected Legislative History:

 Section-by-Section Analysis

SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT

U.S. Code:

42 U.S.C. § 300j-9

Selected Legislative History:

 120 Cong. Rec. (House) Part 28, at 36,939 (Nov. 19, 1974)

SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002
(Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability Act)

U.S. Code:

  • Section 806 of the Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability Act, Title VIII of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act P.L. 107-204 (July 30, 2002), § 806, codified at 18 U.S.C. & 1514A HTM | PDF
  • Section 922(b) and (c) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, P.L. 111-230 (July 21, 2010), amending Section 806 of the Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability Act, Title VIII of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 29 U.S.C. 1514A HTM | PDF
  • Section 929A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, P.L. 111-230 (July 21, 2010), amending Section 806 of the Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability Act, Title VIII of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 29 U.S.C. 1514A HTM | PDF

Selected Legislative History:

 Section 929A of Conference Report 111-517 on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
 Legislative History
 Conference Report (Senate)
 Conference Report (House)

SEAMAN'S PROTECTION ACT

U.S. Code:

Seaman's Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. 2114 (SPA) as amended by Section 611 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, P.L. 111-281

Selected Legislative History:

SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL ACT

U.S. Code:

42 U.S.C. § 6971

Selected Legislative History:

 H.R. No. 94-1491, pt. 1

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE ACT

U.S. Code:

Version applicable beginning on August 3, 2007
49 U.S.C. § 31105 (HTML)
49 U.S.C. § 31105 (PDF)

Version applicable until August 2, 2007
49 U.S.C. § 31105 (employee protection provision)
49 U.S.C. § 31101 (definitions)

Version applicable prior to 1994 recodification
49 U.S.C. app. 2305 (old provision)

Selected Legislative History:

2007 Amendments
Surface Transportation Assistance Act, 49 U.S.C. § 31105, as amended by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act 2007, P.L. No. 110-053 (Aug. 3, 2007)
 P.L. No. 110-053, 1536 (HTML)
 P.L. No. 110-053, 1536 (PDF)
 H.R. Rep. 110-259 (July 25, 2007) (Conf. Rep.)

1994 Recodification
Surface Transportation Assistance Act, 49 U.S.C. § 31105
 Editor's Note concerning H.R. Rep. No. 180, 103d Cong., 2d Sess. 1, 191-92 (1994)

1982 Enactment
Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, 49 U.S.C. app. § 2305
 H.R. No. 97-555

TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT

U.S. Code:

15 U.S.C. § 2622

Selected Legislative History:

 S. Rep. No. 94-698
 S. Conf. Rep. No. 94-1302

WENDELL H. FORD AVIATION INVESTMENT AND
REFORM ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ("AIR 21")

U.S. Code:

P.L. 106-181, § 519 to be codified at 49 U.S.C. § 42121

Selected Legislative History:

 None on this web site. See H.R. Conf. Rep. 106-513