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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC25 Publication ID: Fall 2010 
Title: Procedures for Handling Discrimination Complaints Under Federal Employee Protection Statutes 
Abstract: Section 629, the employee protection provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, amended the Energy Reorganization Act of 1978 (ERA), 42 U.S.C. section 5851. The amendments add Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees to the employees covered under the Act, as are contractors and subcontractors of the Commission. In addition, Congress added a "kick-out" provision allowing the complainant to remove the complaint to District Court if the Secretary of Labor has not issued a final decision within a year of the filing of the complaint. These are significant changes to the ERA, necessitating immediate revision of the regulations, 29 CFR part 24, Procedures for the Handling of Discrimination Complaints under Federal Employee Protection Statutes, which governs whistleblower investigations under the Energy Reorganization Act of 1978 as well as under six EPA statutes. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 24   
Legal Authority: 15 USC 2622    33 USC 1367    42 USC 300j-9(i)    42 USC 5851    42 USC 6971    42 USC 7622    42 USC 9610   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  08/10/2007  72 FR 44956   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End   10/09/2007    
Final Action  12/00/2010    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Nilgun Tolek
Director, Office of the Whistleblower Protection Program
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3610,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2531
Fax:202 693-2369