The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), effective July 1, 2013, now offers employees of subcontractors with defense contracts the protection of the federal whistleblowing laws. Before the new law, subcontractors could only take their complaints of fraud or government waste to their bosses and not to a government office.
There are significant changes in Section 844 of the 2013 NDAA that affect how subcontractor employees blow their whistles:
With additional channels now open to receive complaints of governmental misconduct, the defense department investigator general’s office has increased its staff to properly handle additional complaints.
The new provisions are not retroactive. Defense contracts signed and task orders added before July 1, 2013 are not bound by the changes in the law.
When employees of a defense subcontractor witness the destruction of quantities of usable equipment, they may want to stop the waste and report the violations. Previously, such employees could only make a complaint to their superiors. Under the new provisions effective July 1, 2013, the employees can file a formal complaint to any inspector general, member of Congress, DOJ official or any other party listed in the new section.
The new whistleblower provisions of the NDAA still need to be implemented by defense subcontractors. If you are a subcontractor who witnessed government waste or other misconduct, call your Dallas-Fort Worth whistleblower lawyer to discuss your complaint.