The University is committed to ensuring that sponsored projects are conducted free of fraud, waste and abuse and in accordance with applicable law, the award document and the sponsor’s requirements. The research community is advised of recently enacted whistleblower protections described below.
Among the statutes enacted by Congress relating to whistleblower protection to encourage employees to report fraud, waste, and abuse is 41 U.S.C. § 4712 (the “Statute”) which applies to employees working for contractors, grantees, subcontractors, and subgrantees on federal grants and contracts. The Statute mandates a pilot program entitled "Pilot Program for Enhancement of Contractor Employee Whistleblower Protections" which requires this notification to employees working on federally sponsored projects.
The Statute states that an "employee of a contractor, subcontractor, grantee [or subgrantee] may not be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for "whistleblowing." In addition, whistleblower protections cannot be waived by any agreement, policy, form, or condition of employment.Whistleblowing is defined as making a disclosure "that the employee reasonably believes is evidence of any of the following: