Shays was particularly interested in the revocation of security clearances as a means of reprisal, saying that it had the same chilling effect as demotion or firing. Federal whistleblowers are currently covered by the terms of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 [text]. The federal Office of Special Counsel (OSC) [official website] is the independent federal agency whose job it is to protect federal employee whistleblowers from retaliation. AP has more.
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