A bill known as the “Follow the Rules Act” was signed into law by President Trump on June 14th. It is a very short bill that may prove to be important to some Federal employees who become whistleblowers.
The bill was introduced by Sean Duffy (R-WI). The purpose of the bill is to extend whistleblower protections for Federal employees who refuse to violate rules and regulations.
If a Federal employee refuses to follow an order to violate a Federal law, the employee is protected from employment retaliation based on the provisions of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. But, if a Federal employee disobeys an order to violate a regulation issued by the Federal government, rather than a law passed by Congress, the Federal employee is not protected. That, at least, used to be the case prior to passage of the Follow the Rules Act.r
Keep reading this article at: https://www.fedsmith.com/2017/06/15/follow-rules-act-signed-into-law/