CONTRACTORS

Following the passage of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, employees of contractors, subcontractors, grantees, subgrantees, or personal service contractors are protected against reprisal in the form of an adverse personnel action or an adverse security clearance determination for making a protected communication.  Individuals who want additional information may contact the NSA Office of the Inspector General.

Importance of Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers play a critical role by reporting what they reasonably believe to be waste, fraud, and abuse in government operations. Under Agency policy, whistleblowers have a duty to report wrongdoing. It is critical to the work of the OIG that they report any concerns without fear of retaliation. The NSA OIG Hotline provides a mechanism for whistleblowers to make a protected communication to the OIG. 

The OIG investigates all credible claims of whistleblower reprisal and has a statutory obligation to maintain complainants' confidentiality. The FISA Amendments Act of 2017 extended whistleblower protections to Intelligence Community contractors.

Read the NSA IG’s message about whistleblowers in the unclassified 2018 Semi-Annual Report to Congress.