The Whistleblower Act, enacted by Washington State Legislature in 1982, encourages state employees to report improper governmental actions. The law makes retaliation against whistleblowers unlawful and authorizes remedies should it occur.
An improper governmental action is defined as any action by an employee undertaken in the performance of the employee's official duties which:
Whistleblowers must file assertions in good faith. RCW 42.40.020 states that an employee must not knowingly report false, malicious or frivolous information, recklessly disregard the truth or omit relevant information. It states that the identity of any person, who in good faith provides information in a whistleblower investigation, will be given confidentiality..
The Whistleblower Act specifically excludes personnel actions for which other remedies exist. Excluded actions include: employee grievances, violations of state civil service laws, labor agreement violations, reprimands and other disciplinary actions..
University employees, students or others may file complaints of improper governmental actions in the following ways:
Current state employees may file a complaint with the State Auditor's Office directly, by completing the online Whistleblower Reporting Form or by filling in and submitting this printable form. The form may be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The form may also be mailed to:
Washington State Auditor's Office
ATTN: State Employee Whistleblower Program
P.O. Box 40031
Olympia, WA 98504-0031
State employees may also file whistleblower complaints with these designated agency officials:
Dr. Mary Cullinan
Angela Jones, J.D.
Chief of Staff
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