Department of Labor Secretary, Thomas E. Perez announced the re-establishing of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
According to the notice published, the WPAC will advise the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on improving fairness, efficiency, and transparency inOSHA’s whistleblower investigations. This means improving the investigative and enforcement processes, the training of OSHA investigators and improving the regulation of investigations.
Additionally, WPAC will advise OSHA on cooperative activities with federal agencies responsible for areas covered by the whistleblower protection statutes. The Committee will exclusively function as an advisory body, in compliance with 29 CFR Part 1912.
WPAC consists of twelve voting members. Each member of WPAC is appointed by the Secretary and will serve two-year terms. Four members will represent management; four members will represent labor, one member representing State OSH Plan states, and three members representing the public. Non-voting members include representatives from three Federal Government agencies that have jurisdiction over statutes with whistleblower provisions.
The charter will be in effect for two years and will meet at least twice a year.