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Lawmakers question KBR on whistleblower protections

Apr. 1, 2014 - 03:34PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Rep. Elijah Cummings wants contractor KBR to produce documents related to its treatment of whistleblowers. (Mike Morones/Staff)

Lawmakers want government contractor KBR to turn over documents relating to how the company treats its whistleblowers, according to an April 1 letter.

Reps. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the Hosue Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and John Tierney, demanded information on how the company uses confidentiality agreements to keep former employees from blowing the whistle on wasteful activities.

“The use of these confidentiality agreements could raise significant concerns if employees of federal contractors are being prohibited from disclosing allegations of waste, fraud, or abuse to government agencies, Congress, or inspectors general,” the lawmakers wrote.

KBR should turn over all complaints written by KBR employees, contractors or subcontractors from 2002 to the present, and copies of all confidentiality agreements with restricting employees from disclosing possible abuse, the lawmakers wrote.

The lawmakers also asked for all procedures relating to the use, application or enforcement of confidentiality agreements in relation to internal complaints.

KBR should turn over the documents by April 22, according to the letter.

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