So much for Whistleblower Appreciation Day; Capitol Hill workers still unprotected
Employees of legislative branch agencies don't have the same protections as other federal workers

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., once cosponsored a whistleblower protection bill, but Capitol Hill staff remain unprotected. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate had declared July 30 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day,” but that apparently is for other people, since senators’ own staffers and other legislative branch employees are not protected equally compared to other federal workers.

The discrepancy has been in place for years, but legislation to expand protections for employees of the House and Senate, Library of Congress, Capitol Police and other agencies hasn’t moved forward.

Whistleblower in Capitol Gun Case Sues
Officer alleges harsh punishment for role in exposing a gun left in a bathroom

In 2015, Roll Call reported on three instances of police officers leaving hand guns in bathrooms around the Capitol.

A Capitol Police officer is suing the department claiming “unlawful retaliation” after she admitted to sharing a photo with Roll Call of a police handgun left in the Capitol Visitor Center’s bathroom.  

Jodi Breiterman, a 14-year veteran, was formally demoted from sergeant to private first class in early May, shortly after she returned to duty from a 10-month suspension, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court last week.