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A Message on Whistleblower Protections from the FDIC Chairman and FDIC Inspector General

In July, we celebrated National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, an opportunity to remember our obligation to report any instances of fraud, waste, or abuse at the FDIC.  

FDIC Inspector General Jay Lerner and I encourage you to report wrongdoing to a supervisor or anyone higher up in management, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), or the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal agency that provides a confidential channel for federal employees to disclose wrongdoing.    

We also want to ensure that you are aware of and understand the prohibited personnel practices and the federal whistleblower protection laws that apply to employees of government agencies.    

The FDIC’s Whistleblower Protection Coordinator is available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the avenues for making whistleblower disclosures, prohibited personnel practices involving retaliation, and employees’ rights to file complaints.  You can reach the Coordinator at www.fdicoig.gov/oig-hotline.  Two OSC publications, “Know Your Rights When Reporting Wrongs” and “Your Rights as an Employee of a Government Corporation,” provide more information.  In addition, you will receive another communication with more details about whistleblower protections and prohibited personnel practices.  

The FDIC is committed to maintaining a culture of transparency and accountability.  It is crucial that employees are able to make whistleblower disclosures without fear of retaliation.    

Thank you,

Chairman Jelena McWilliams

Inspector General Jay N. Lerner

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