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Science & Tech Whistleblower

Whistleblowers have identified wasteful spending, improved technical glitches on federal programs, helped to ensure the integrity of government funded scientific projects, and saved lives. If you have information to share regarding concerns about federally funded science, research or technology-related programs please contact us. You have a constitutional right to speak with Congress. In addition, various U.S. laws prohibit retaliation against whistleblowers and protect whistleblowers in providing information to Congress, including 5 U.S. Code § 2302 - Prohibited personnel practices and 5 U.S. Code § 7211 - Employees’ right to petition Congress. If you wish to provide (unclassified) documentation to, or speak with, one of the Democratic Oversight Staff of the Committee on Science, Space & Technology regarding allegations of waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement you may contact us via telephone (202) 225-6375, e-mail us at, or fill out the form below to contact us anonymously.

If you contact us, we will keep your identity confidential. We would, however, appreciate it if you make sure to include contact information in the event we need to get in touch with you to discuss the issue(s) you raise or to follow-up with specific questions.

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Offices of Inspectors General (OIGs)

If you are aware of cases of waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement you may also want to contact the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the federal agency where you work. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 established a Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman in each federal IG’s office. A directory of federal OIGs, where you can find contact information for a specific agency’s Whistleblower Ombudsman, is maintained at the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), available here:

U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC)

If you believe you have been retaliated against for protected activities you should contact the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) (, an independent federal agency, whose primary mission is to safeguard the merit system of the U.S. government by protecting federal employees from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing.