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Whistleblower Information

Whistleblowers perform an important service for the public and NSF when they report evidence of wrongdoing. All NSF employees, contractors, subcontractors, awardees, and subawardees are protected from retaliation for making a protected disclosure. You can report wrongdoing by NSF employees or within NSF programs through our Hotline.

If you believe you have been subject to retaliation for protected whistleblowing you may contact either of the following offices:

  • National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General:

Whistleblower Protection Coordinator

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 strengthened protection for federal employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse in government operations. It also directed Inspectors General to designate a Whistleblower Ombudsman to educate agency employees prohibitions against, and rights and remedies relating to, retaliation for making protected disclosures. The Ombudsman is prohibited from acting as an employee's or former employee's legal representative, agent, or advocate. In 2017, the Whistleblower Ombudsman title was changed to the Whistleblower Protection Coordinator. NSF employees may contact the NSF OIG Whistleblower Protection Coordinator at ombudsman@nsf.gov.

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)

Certain employees may be able to appeal directly to MSPB. More information on whistleblower MSPB appeals is available at: https://www.mspb.gov/appeals/whistleblower.htm.

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