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Do federal contractors have whistleblower protection?

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Whistleblower Protection

Per federal law, in the realm of federal operations, transparency and accountability are paramount. Whistleblowing, the act of reporting misconduct or hazards, serves as a vital tool in upholding these principles, which is why federal law enshrines whistleblower protections.

Federal contractors can often feel separate or less than federal employees who often enjoy more protections. This is why federal contractors that want to whistle blow want to know what protections federal contractors have when they blow the whistle. Let us delve into this crucial question.

Legal protections

The Whistleblower Protection Act offers safeguards to federal employees who disclose information they reasonably believe exposes wrongdoing. Crucially, these protections extend to federal contractors, subcontractors, grantees, subgrantees and personal services contractors.

Scope of protection

Federal law shields employees of federal contractors from retaliation for making protected disclosures related to federal contracts or grants. This includes reporting instances of gross mismanagement, abuse of authority, significant public health and safety risks or violations of laws tied to federal contracts or grants.

Reporting mechanisms

Should an employee believe they faced retaliation for a protected disclosure, they can file a whistleblower reprisal complaint with the Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Inspector General. Additionally, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel serves as a vital resource, offering information on whistleblower protections and procedures.


While federal contractors may feel separate from their federal employee counterparts, whistleblower protections for federal contractors are robust and indispensable. These measures empower individuals to speak out against wrongdoing without fear of reprisal, thereby safeguarding the integrity of federal operations. For more detailed guidance on whistleblower protections and complaint filing procedures, federal contractors are encouraged to consult resources provided by the OPM and OSC.