Tens of thousands of California employees who work for defense contractors will now have more protection from retaliation for disclosing their reasonable concerns of gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety, or a violation of law relating to Department of Defense contracts.
This is due to the 2013 National Defense Appropriations Act (“NDAA”) that President Barack Obama signed on January 2, 2013 and that went into effect on July 1, 2013. The 2013 NDAA expands protections previously in place, including the persons whom are protected and the persons to whom protected disclosures can be made. The 2013 NDAA now protects contractors and subcontractors from retaliation for whistleblowing. Also, in additional to various federal officials being the proper recipients of whistle-blowing disclosures, a contractor’s or subcontractor’s management official who has the responsibility to investigate, discover, or address misconduct is also a proper recipient of whistle-blowing disclosures.